Mosquito Season Is Here: After Heavy Rain, Water Removal Can Reduce Mosquito Populations

Mosquito Season Is Here: After Heavy Rain, Water Removal Can Reduce Mosquito Populations

BREWSTER, NY—The water pools formed after the heavy rainfall of last weekend may soon be teaming with mosquito larva. Already this season, the Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) has found and identified Aedes Japonicus mosquitoes, the type that carries West Nile Virus, chikungunya, dengue, and other viruses.

“We have not had a case of West Nile Virus in the county since 2011,” says interim Health Commissioner Michael Nesheiwat, MD, but that could change. Taking measures to reduce mosquito populations is very important. Putnam residents are strongly advised to remove all standing water from their property.”  To date only three cases of chikungunya have been reported in Putnam, all since 2014. Four cases of dengue fever have been reported as well, the most recent in 2012. However, these seven cases were all travel related and not instances of locally acquired infections.

Mosquitoes can breed in anything that collects water in the yard, if left for more than four days. Some mosquitoes, including the Aedes Albopictus, prefer small items like a bottle cap, full of water, in which to breed. Only one lone specimen of A. Albopictus has ever been found in Putnam. While this mosquito has shown to be capable of carrying the Zika virus in a lab, it has not proven itself as a reliable carrier in the real world.

“Checking your yard now and after every rainfall is crucial,” says Robert Morris, PE, MPH, Director of Environmental Health at the Putnam County Department of Health. “Items that trap water—old tires, rain gutters, cups or cans, even leaves and tree holes—may provide a breeding spot. Drill holes in tires or dispose of them properly; clean gutters, and overturn all containers, however small.” Contrary to popular belief, smaller pools of water are more productive for mosquito breeding than larger bodies of water, which have natural mosquito predators such as fish or aquatic insects, such as dragonflies. The PCDOH continues to apply larvicide to targeted road catch basins around the county to reduce breeding locales. This season, like last year, mosquito tracking by the PCDOH and the New York State Department of Health will be increased as well.

Preventing bites of all kinds also should be a top priority.  Personal protection measures are advised for any outdoor activities. Shoes, socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts are reliable methods. Clothing that is factory-treated with the insecticide permethrin has also been proven effective. Insect repellent containing DEET should also be used as well, paying close attention to the directions provided by the manufacturer. Children should not apply this product themselves—it should be applied for them.

The Department of Health’s mission is to improve and protect the health of the Putnam County community, composed of nearly 100,000 residents. Core services include community health assessment, disease surveillance and control, emergency preparedness, environmental health protection, family health promotion and health education. For more information, please visit the PCDOH website at or visit the social media sites on Facebook at, and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

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Homestyle Catering of Mahopac to Run Events, Food and Beverage Under Farm-to-Table Dining Specialist and General Manager, County Announces Grand Opening Weekend at Renovated Tilly Foster Farm — Tilly’s Table Opens as County’s First Farm-to-Table Event Venue & Eatery

Homestyle Catering of Mahopac to Run Events, Food and Beverage Under Farm-to-Table Dining Specialist and General Manager, County Announces Grand Opening Weekend at Renovated Tilly Foster Farm — Tilly’s Table Opens as County’s First Farm-to-Table Event Venue & Eatery

June 3rd and 4th Marks Celebratory Opening Extravaganza, including Live Broadcast with KICKS 105.5, Music Performances, Farmers Market, Friendly Farm Animals and More

SOUTHEAST, NY – County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced today the grand opening of the renovated Tilly Foster Farm and Tilly’s Table, the county’s first farm-to-table, event-based dining experience. The gates will open to the public for the first time on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017, from 10am – 5pm.  Tilly’s Table will host the restaurant’s first public seating at 5pm with a prix fixe menu; subsequent seating options will be available at 7pm and 9pm on this date. On Sunday, June 4th from 11am – 2pm, Tilly’s Table will host the venue’s first “Farmers Sunday Brunch,” which will be a standard offering year round for visitors. Reservations are required. Diners may call 845-808-1840 to reserve.

“We are opening the gates to Tilly Foster Farm on June 3rd and they will never be closed again,” said Odell. “Tilly Foster Farm & Educational Institute offers a shining representation of Putnam’s natural beauty, assets and agricultural heritage. Tilly’s Table highlights and supports a growing wave of excitement and demand for organic locally-grown food and farm-to-table dining. Our educational component through BOCES dovetails with this movement through a culinary arts program that emphasizes these concepts and philosophy,” adds Odell.

“After several years of planning, the vision of Tilly Foster Farm has been realized.  Tilly’s Table will enhance and compliment the essence of the Farm’s purpose and principles,” said Ginny Nacerino, Chairwoman, Putnam County Legislature.  “The Legislature is not only proud, but honored to support this project, which fosters quality of life here in Putnam County.  I am confident Tilly Foster Farm will prosper and become the jewel of the County whereby residents and non-residents alike, will come to learn, enjoy, and evolve for generations to come.”

Grand Opening Weekend Attractions

In celebration of the revitalization of Tilly Foster and in honor of the farm’s agricultural heritage, visitors will enjoy a variety of attractions and entertainment, featuring the latest Country Music from local performers and a live broadcast from KICKS 105.5 radio from 12pm to 2pm.  A Farmers Market will be set up on the grounds where visitors may shop for their favorite locally-grown and harvested products from 10am – 3pm. Kids can enjoy fun in a bouncy castle and families can take a self-guided tour of Tilly’s unique collection of farm animals, including two new Nigerian Dwarf goats, Calvin and Hobbes.

Under the operation of Al and Joe Ciuffetelli of Homestyle Catering, Tilly’s Table Restaurant will officially open for dinner at 5pm on Saturday, June 3rd, with a prix fixe menu. There will be additional seating at 7 and 9pm. On Sunday, Tilly’s will hosts its first Sunday Brunch from 11am to 2pm. Diners must call 845-808-1840 to reserve for either event.

“We are honored to have been selected as the event planner and operator at Tilly’s Table,” said Al Ciuffetelli, president, Homestyle Catering. “Similar to our operating model at the Putnam County Golf Course, our plan is to build Tilly’s Table into an event-based destination with the best farm-to-table cuisine in the Hudson Valley.  We have several events on the calendar this summer and fall to complement the kick off of our “Guest Chef” program, where local restaurateurs will be invited to prepare their signature dishes for Tilly’s Table patrons. We are excited about this concept because it provides a platform of exposure for the great chefs in our midst and adds some interesting and unexpected cuisine to our repertoire.”

“Growth and vitality occur when the business community and local government work together to chart new courses, think outside the box and invent new channels of opportunity,” said Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman, Putnam County Chamber of Commerce. “The rebirth of Tilly Foster and launch of Tilly’s Table grabs hold of a movement that plays to Putnam’s strengths. We look forward to expanded business opportunities among hospitality, agriculture, and other tourism enterprises.”

Tilly Foster offers a wide array of attractions, activities, and entertainment, including visits with friendly farm animals, a hiking trail, community gardening, culinary arts education, and regularly scheduled entertainment events – and of course, the best farm-to-table dining in the Hudson Valley.

“I am very excited about the re-opening of Tilly Foster Farm,” said Bruce Conklin, director, Putnam Tourism. “It will be a great venue for our local residents and out of town guests to enjoy the hospitality and natural beauty that Putnam has to offer. Between the farm and its animals, the County’s commitment to agricultural and culinary education with the BOCES program, and its event based schedule, Tilly Foster will be more than just a farm, and will serve as a representative of Hudson Valley culture and the farm-to-table movement.”

For more information about Tilly Foster Farm and Tilly’s Table calendar of events, please visit: