The Oswego County Health Department postponed its plans to spray an area of central Oswego County today because of rain. Weather permitting, the department will resume aerial spraying Monday evening, Aug. 22. In order for spraying to be effective, foliage needs to be relatively dry 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 beginning Monday 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 cannot be completed in one evening.
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.
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 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. 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.