Culex and Asian Tiger Mosquitoes
are presently active
Suffolk County Health
Commissioner Dr. James L. Tomarken announced today that one mosquito sample, a Culex
pipiens-restuans collected on September 27, 2016, from Lindenhurst, has
tested positive for West Nile virus.
date this year, 141 mosquito samples, 15 birds and one horse have tested
positive for West Nile virus. Horse owners are reminded to vaccinate their
horses for West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus.
humans have tested positive for the virus in Suffolk County this year.
Residents are advised to continue to take precautions, as
surveillance indicates that the both Culex pipiens-restuans and Asian
Tiger Mosquitoes (Aedes albopictus), are presently active in Suffolk
County. Asian Tiger mosquitoes are small mosquitoes with black and white
stripes that are known to bite aggressively near your feet and ankles during
“We recommend that residents take three actions to avoid
being bitten by mosquitoes,” said Dr. Tomarken.
- Eliminate stagnant water
where mosquitoes breed by dumping the water and scrubbing the containers
weekly to remove the eggs;
- Use mosquito
repellent with EPA approved labeling on the product and follow instructions;
- Consider using dunks,
treating yards with barrier type sprays containing permethrin as the
active ingredient, or hiring licensed pesticide applicators.
If these actions don’t help, residents may contact
the Department of Public Works’ Vector Control Division
at 631-852-4270 or via the web (http://apps.suffolkcountyny.gov/dpw/vccomplaint/)
to request a vector control crew to check the area.
“Adult spraying for Asian Tiger mosquitoes isn’t very
effective as it reduces their numbers for only a few days before new mosquitoes
emerge from larvae that has been thriving in containers,” said Tom Iwanejko,
chief of vector control. “This is why it is so important to dump the water on a
regular weekly basis and scrub any eggs on the inside of the container!
To reduce the mosquito
Remove all discarded tires on the
Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic
pots or similar water-holding containers.
Drain water from pool covers and scrub the
Make sure all windows and doors have screens,
and that all screens are in good repair.
Video: Scott Campbell,
PhD, shows home owners many of the places in your back yard where mosquitoes
For further information on
mosquitoes and mosquito-borne illnesses, visit the Department of Health
Services’ website at http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/HealthServices/PublicHealth/PreventiveServices/ArthropodborneDiseaseProgram/PreventingMosquitoBorneIllnesses.aspx
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