May 20, 2009
Last year, the summer mosquito season was accompanied by an increased number of West Nile Virus cases. The Nassau County Departments of Health and Public Works coordinate to administer the county’s Mosquito Surveillance Program to help control the spread of mosquitoes through surveillance of mosquito breeding areas, preventing the development of adult mosquitoes, trapping adult mosquitoes, responding to complaints, treating infested areas and testing the trapped mosquitoes for presence of disease
In preparation for this year’s mosquito season, the Health Department has improved its surveillance and trapping techniques to better find, control and prevent mosquito populations. As always, please adhere to the following preventive measures to minimize mosquito breeding:
The Mosquito Surveillance Program also includes aerial and ground spraying of pesticides when necessary. The county has recently passed a new law requiring additional notification to the public before spraying applications. The law requires the Department of Health to give notice at least 24 hours prior to spraying to the major news media and members of the County Legislature. The notice must also be posted on the County’s and the Health Department’s websites. A Mosquito Hotline has also been established accept complaints of pools or stagnant water.The Mosquito Hotline is 516-572-1166.