OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego County Health Department postponed its plans to spray an area of central Oswego County tonight due to the high winds. Wind speed is one of the many parameters used to make the determination to proceed with aerial spraying.
Weather permitting, the department will resume aerial spraying Friday evening, Aug. 26.
In order for spraying to be effective, foliage needs to be relatively dry, winds must be under 10 miles per hour, and the weather should be rain free for at least 30 minutes after the pesticide is applied.
Aerial spraying is a control measure that will help to reduce the risk of human infection from the Eastern equine encephalitis virus. The virus is transmitted by infected mosquitoes and is considered a threat to public health throughout Oswego County.
The county health department has contracted with Duflo Spray-Chemical Inc. of Lowville to apply the pesticide Kontrol 30-30, which contains permethrin, in several areas of Oswego County that are known to harbor the EEE virus.
The area scheduled to be sprayed on Friday evening will include portions of the towns of New Haven, Volney, Hastings, Palermo and Mexico. Because of the large size of the area, the process could not be completed in one evening. The first round of aerial spraying took place on Tuesday evening, Aug. 23.
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 Road.
Another target area was added to the schedule for aerial spraying. It is in the vicinity of Dugway in the towns of Albion and Parish.
The approximate boundaries are bordered on the west by U.S. Route 81, to the south by Kipp Road to the intersection of Searles Road; Searles Road north to Canfield Road; and Canfield Road east to county Route 22. From this intersection, east to the intersection of White Hill Road and Churchill Road; Churchill Road north to New York State Route 104; New York State Route 104 west to Albion Cross Road; north on Albion Cross Road to Bull Run Road; then a line from this point to U.S. Route 81.
Weather permitting, the aerial spray will first resume in the central portion of the county that was started on Tuesday, Aug. 23 to finish that area. Spraying will then move to the new target area as time and weather permits and any remaining area will be finished on a subsequent night.
Dr. Dennis Norfleet, public health director, emphasizes that aerial spraying is a temporary, partial measure to control the spread of EEE. People should continue to limit their outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, shoes and socks when outdoors, and eliminate standing water around the home. Insect repellents should be used according to the label instructions.
A copy of the Kontrol 30-30 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.