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Aerial Spraying of Toad Harbor Area is Completed Saturday Evening

FULTON – Aerial spraying of the Toad Harbor / Big Bay Swamp area on the north shore of Oneida Lake was completed between 7:15 and 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17.

Oswego County contracted with Duflo Spray-Chemical Inc. from Lowville to conduct the aerial spraying of about 10,000 acres of the Toad Harbor / Big Bay Swamp on the north shore of Oneida Lake to reduce the spread of the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus, which is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito.

“The goal of the aerial spray is not to kill all mosquitoes in the area, but to control the mosquito population so as to reduce the chance of an infected mosquito biting a human being,” said Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang. “I ask people in Oswego County to continue to diligently perform individual prevention measures after the aerial spray takes place.”

Huang said people should continue to limit their outdoor activities around dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, shoes and socks when outdoors, and eliminate standing water around the home.

Repellants containing DEET are the most effective, but should be used with caution and according to label instructions.

Products containing picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus are also effective.

A copy of the pesticide label and MSDS including all warnings, and fact sheets about permethrin aerial spraying can be found on the Oswego County Web site at http://www.oswegocounty.com/health/index.html, or obtained by calling the Oswego County Health Department at 349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3564, weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.  After 4 p.m., call 341-0086.