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Are You Concerned About Mosquito Spraying in Nassau?

Questions about health and safety arise during ongoing spraying throughout Nassau County.

Several concerns have been raised about possible health effects from mosquito spraying after Nassau County Department of Health (NCDOH) officials completed throughout the county.

Some residents feel that not only is the spray ineffective against the mosquito population, but extremely hazardous to their own health. Mosquito spraying in Massapequa late last month around a half a mile from the Seaford border. 

"We all shouldn't be subject to being dosed with pesticides because there's a group of people who call up the health department and don't want mosquitoes to bother them at their barbecues," said Cathy Gottschalk, founder of the newly formed group NoSprayLI.

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), spraying adulticides, pesticides intended to kill adult mosquitoes, is usually the least efficient mosquito control technique.

The New York State Department of Health has also reported that widespread aerial or ground spraying of adulticides can result in acute asthma attacks, other respiratory problems or dermatological problems.

"Our spray is approved and recommended by the department of environmental conservation," said Mary Ellen Laurain, Director of the Office of Communications and Health Education for the NCDOH. "They permit us and tell us what to spray."

"We recommend that people should avoid coming into direct contact with the spray," Laurain added. "The health effects are considered low. People should reduce or eliminate any exposure to the spray."

Cathy G August 11, 2012 at 05:05 AM
Pesticides kill the natural predators of the mosquitoes. Also , see the response ai gave to Joan Miller who has lots of mosquitoes.
Cathy G August 11, 2012 at 05:11 AM
. Cindy- for more information: Attached is a link to a fact entitled the Truth about Mosquitoes, Spraying and West Nile. http://www.beyondpesticides.org/mosquito/documents/WNV%20Fact%20Sheet%209_30_04.pdf Also, the Nassu County Health Department and the County Executive's Office are conducting two more "question and answer" meetings that give a public forum for asking questions and telling the Health Commissioner how you feel. Meetings are as follows: 7PM August 14 at Manhasset Library located at Located at 30 Onderdonk Ave., Tel # 516-627-2300 7 PM August 22 at Syosset Library Located at 225 South Oyster Bay Road, Tel# 516-921-7161
Ozone Park Native August 11, 2012 at 10:39 AM
Cathy - thanks much for the additional info. I talk with the Nassau County Health Dept. on a Daily basis due to the nature of the company I work for (Environmental Company). I planned on calling Monday and ask when South Seaford would be on the spray schedule, if at all. I promise to come back here and keep all posted. I might even ask them if it's possible to post something on here. Till then - everybody get your "Windex"
Ozone Park Native August 11, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Rick - were you at the farmers market this morning? Was wondering cause I was there but wasn't sure.
rick donovan August 11, 2012 at 05:43 PM
OPN-LMK, I bring my windex along with my Cutter spray to do battle the super-human bastards!!! my neigbbors root for me to win..... LOSING BATTLE!!!

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