MINEOLA, NY (WCBS 880) – After one man died from West Nile Virus and a number of mosquitoes tested positive for the virus, the Nassau County health department has decided to spray the pesticide Scourge.

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“Nassau County Department of Health will be doing localized spraying from a truck. That is a spray that comes out from the back of a truck and it is designed so that it hits mosquitoes as they are flying,” said the health department’s Mary Ellen Laurain.

The spraying will take place from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. throughout the week.

Sections of Farmingdale, South Farmingdale, North Massapequa, Plainedge, Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Plainview, Hicksville, and Levittown will be sprayed today.

Sections of Rockville Centre, Lynbrook, Malverne, Lakeview, Franklin Square, and West Hempstead will be sprayed on Wednesday.

Sections of West Hempstead, Valley Stream and North Valley Stream will be sprayed on Thursday.

Alternate dates are next Monday and Tuesday.

For more details on the spraying, visit the Nassau County website.

Laurain said there were two cases of humans infected with the virus.

One has recovered and the Oyster Bay man who died was in his 70s.

How do you feel about spraying for mosquitos? Sound off below!

Comments (4)
  1. Christine says:

    Why did it take so long? We couldn’t sit in our backyard the whole summer because of mosquitoes. It was really bad!! I don’t think I have heard of anyone dying of poison from spraying.

  2. Sharon B. Gofberg says:

    why now? why not 2 months ago? and as far as poison goes , surely you jest, we are all ingesting toxins daily. mosquitos are a genuine problem. I say Kill the mosquitos, however next year dont wait so long. no one should have gotten west nile.

  3. Ann says:

    I am very angry with the way Nassau County residents were treated regarding the ground spraying. I had heard nothing about it until the night before when a recording was left on our phone. It is wrong to be spraying pesticides all over. How many cases of West NIle were reported, 2? Without much notice or time for residents to respond spraying took place. Give us a say in the matter. Very unhappy in Farmingdale.

  4. Jamie says:

    Why are Long Islands sitting back and allowing themselves to be poisoned?!

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