[Article submitted by Oswego County.]
Aerial spraying of a portion of the target area in central Oswego County was completed at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23.
The area encompasses nearly 18,000 acres in the towns of New Haven, Volney, Hastings, Palermo and Mexico. Aerial spraying began with the southern portion of the area and worked in a northerly direction, covering about two-thirds of the area.
Weather permitting, the remainder of the area will be treated on Wednesday night, August 24. The aerial spray will begin after 6 p.m. and continue until the area has been treated. If the spraying is postponed due to weather conditions, residents will be notified through the news media and information will be posted on the Oswego County Web site at www.oswegocounty.com.
The approximate boundaries are from the southern edge of the village of Mexico line from state Route 69 to state Route 3 along Munger Hill Road, continuing across state Route 3 to Hurlbutt Road; from Hurlbutt Road west to county Route 64; west on county Route 64 to county Route 6. From county Route 6 south to county Route 4; county Route 4 east to state Route 3, state Route 3 south to the intersection of county Route 35A. From this point, south and east to the intersection of Winks Road and county Route 45. From this point to a line north and east to the intersection of county Route 4 and county Route 45 (Upson Corners). From county Route 45 east to US Route 11; from US Route 11 north to Markowitz Road; from Markowitz Road west to Kenyon Road; from Kenyon Road north to state Route 69; from state Route 69 northwest to Munger Hill.
The health department has contracted with Duflo Spray-Chemical Inc. from Lowville to conduct the aerial spraying due to the outbreak of Eastern equine encephalitis virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes.The product Kontrol 30-30, which contains permethrin, will be applied in a very diluted form.
Residents in the affected area should stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed for one hour after the spraying. Residents are also advised to:
• Keep pets indoors.
• Close the vents on window air conditioners so that outside air doesn’t enter the home for one hour.
• Remove outdoor toys, outdoor furniture, and clothing from the clothesline. Items left outdoors should be washed thoroughly with soap and water before using.
• If you are driving through an area while spraying takes place, close your car windows and vents.
• Cover gardens, or rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables thoroughly before cooking or eating.
Oswego County Public Health Director Dr. Dennis Norfleet emphasizes that aerial spraying is a temporary, partial measure to reduce the spread of the EEE virus. He 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. An insect repellent may be applied according to the label instructions.
A copy of the pesticide label and MSDS including all warnings, 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.