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."

Sam C August 09, 2012 at 05:17 PM
slightly concerned, it irks me a little bit seeing my neighbors have the bug chemicals being sprayed on their lawn still. we use a skeeter vac...highly recommended, a good cigar works as well : )
rick donovan August 09, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Not concerned,I wish they would spray Seaford!!! The mosquitoes here know me by my first name!!!
luvmykids August 09, 2012 at 06:28 PM
concerned...this is one of those things that while it's approved, we'll find out in a few years just how bad it is for our health and hear about all the illnesses related to it....
rick donovan August 09, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Always the case LMLK !! Been stung so much, u can play connect the dots on my back!!!
Joan Miller August 09, 2012 at 08:33 PM
My grand daughter 2.5 years old looks like she has chicken pox from all of the bites. We just started to use a organic bug spray (tried several with no effect) to try to keep them off of her, we will see how this one workes. I keep bug candles burning all of the time and have a netting around our patio table. It is impossible for me to put long sleeves and pants on her in 85-90 degree weather. I am very concerned about West Nile btes even though there are not that many cases there is still a chance of contracting it. Last time Nassau sprayed we had relief from the mosquitoes this year is the worseI have ever seen it. Please spray.
Joan Miller August 09, 2012 at 08:35 PM
This is true about everthing side effects only show up years later if there are any at all. I am a little concerned but I am more concerned about the mosquitoes. When the spraying is done stay indores for at lease 3 hours and you should be ok.
Cindy B August 10, 2012 at 10:56 AM
Who knows what they use and what it my cause to years to come ! Why cant they send information about what they are using,they send letters about everything else!!!
rick donovan August 10, 2012 at 11:23 AM
They had me for DINNER again last night!!! Never been this bad!!!
Ozone Park Native August 10, 2012 at 07:59 PM
While I am concerned, I know that the Health Dept. proceeds with caution, in that they do notify the residents in ample time of the spraying so that they can take precautions. However, I've never been one to complain about the mosquito population until this year. I go outside for about 15 minutes to harvest tomatoes, herbs and water plants and I am swarmed by them. My poor cat comes out with me and you see them buzzing all around him. We need the health dept to control this problem this year - there are more mosquitos testing positive for west nile in nassau and suffolk county than in years past. To date the health dept has not sprayed seaford and quite frankly, I want them in my backyard at this point.
Cindy B August 10, 2012 at 08:41 PM
I am not talking about be told about the spraying! Id like some information about the chemical they are spraying,and what it can cause to us down the road! Years ago they used bug spray with deet now its bad for you!
Ozone Park Native August 11, 2012 at 12:37 AM
@ Cindy B - Ok - understand - I actually called the Health Dept. today and they gave me the below link. Copy and paste it into your browser. http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Health/documents/WNV_Q_A_2012_000.pdf A PDF document comes up entitled West Nile Virus - pull page down to ITEM # 11 - it explains what they use, etc. Also, here is a phone # they have setup for people with questions/concerns 1-888-844-8657. I hope this helps you.
rick donovan August 11, 2012 at 12:44 AM
OPN, You are so helpful!!! THANKS!!!
Ozone Park Native August 11, 2012 at 12:45 AM
I was the dessert !!!
Ozone Park Native August 11, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Cindy - Read my post below that I sent to you.
Ozone Park Native August 11, 2012 at 12:48 AM
I just checked the website and they are spraying parts of seaford Tues. night - anyone North of Southern State. That means Rick that the buggers will be flying south right to us. I don't know why they don't spray our area...
Ozone Park Native August 11, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Your very welcome Rick - LOL answering you as I'm scratching 4 new bites. ugggg
rick donovan August 11, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Use strait amonia!!! remarkable!!!
Ozone Park Native August 11, 2012 at 02:07 AM
I know. Wonderful stuff..my old hairbrush is wonderful too...lol
Cathy G August 11, 2012 at 04:59 AM
According the Dr. Eisenstein, the Commissioner for the Nassau County Department of Health, backyard mosquitoes breed within 200 feet of where you are getting bit by them. Dr. Eisenstein says to call the Health Department and they will come out and investigate the source of the mosquitoes. This is the most effective and least toxic way to address the problem.
Cathy G August 11, 2012 at 05:02 AM
The Health Department is not only not sending the information, but they are downplaying the toxicity of the pesticides and this causes people to be complacent about taking protective measures when the spraying is going on. Of course, too many people don't even know that they are getting sprayed because the notice is woefully inadequate.
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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