Oswego County Completes Portion of Aerial Spraying Friday Night

Aerial spraying of target areas in central Oswego County and the Dugway area was completed at 8:30 p.m. Friday, August 26.

The central area encompassed nearly 18,000 acres in the towns of New Haven, Volney, Hastings, Palermo and Mexico. Aerial spraying began on Tuesday, August 23 with the southern portion of the area and worked in a northerly direction, covering about two-thirds of the area. The remainder was finished tonight before spraying moved to the Dugway area, which included portions of the towns of Albion and Parish.

The approximate boundaries of the central Oswego County area 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 approximate boundaries of the Dugway area 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.

The health department 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, was applied in a very diluted form.

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 between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active, and wear long pants, long sleeved shirts, shoes and socks when outdoors. Insect repellents that contain DEET or picaridin are also effective and should be used with caution according to 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.