OSWEGO – The Oswego County Health Department will conduct aerial spraying of the Big Bay / Toad Harbor Swamp on the north shore of Oneida Lake and near the village of Central Square as planned today Friday, Aug. 1 between 6 and 9 p.m.
The area to be sprayed includes about 10,000 acres within these boundaries: U.S. Route 11 in Central Square to the west, NYS Route 49 to the north, up to but not including the village of Constantia to the east; and the shoreline of Oneida Lake to the south. Spraying will not take place over the waters of Oneida Lake.
Residents within the aerial spray boundaries will be notified of the aerial spraying by the Oswego County Hyper-Reach reverse 911 program.
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
Residents in the spray area should stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed for one hour after the spraying.
People are also advised to:
•Keep pets indoors.
•Close the vents on window air conditioners.
•Remove outdoor toys and furniture, and clothing from the clothesline. Items left outdoors should be washed thoroughly with soap and water before using.
•Close your car windows and vents if driving through the area during spraying.
•Cover gardens and rinse fruits and vegetables thoroughly before cooking or eating.
“The goal of aerial spraying is to reduce the mosquito population so as to lessen the chance that an infected mosquito bites a human being,” said Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang. “Since aerial spraying does not kill every mosquito, I ask people in Oswego County to continue to diligently perform individual prevention measures after the aerial spray takes place.”
People are reminded 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.
The health department received permission and the permits required to conduct aerial spraying from the state departments of Health and Environmental Conservation.
The product Kontrol 30-30, which contains permethrin, will be applied in a diluted form.
Duflo Spray-Chemical from Lowville will conduct the aerial spraying.
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 www.oswegocounty.com or 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.