OSWEGO – Weather permitting, the Oswego County Health Department plans to conduct aerial spraying of approximately 10,000 acres in portions of the towns of Hastings, West Monroe and Constantia Friday, Aug. 14.
The spray date has not yet been finalized and may change based on weather or other factors.
The area to be sprayed is 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.
Pesticide will not be applied over the open waters of Oneida Lake.
The aerial spray will begin after 6 p.m.
Residents within the aerial spray zone will be notified of the aerial spraying by the Hyper-Reach Broadcast Notification Service through Oswego County’s E-9-1-1 Emergency Communications Department.
If spraying is postponed, residents will be notified through the news media and information will be posted on the Oswego County website at www.oswegocounty.com.
Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang said mosquito samples collected near the village of Central Square and in the Toad Harbor Swamp area recently tested positive for the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus.
Huang said it is imperative that people take steps to protect themselves against mosquitoes in areas across Oswego County.
Aerial spraying can be effective in reducing mosquito populations, but it does not eliminate all mosquitoes.
“Aerial spraying is only a temporary control measure, and it is still very important for people throughout Oswego County to continue their efforts to prevent mosquito bites,” said Huang.
People should 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. Repellents 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 county has contracted with Duflo Spray-Chemical from Lowville to conduct the aerial spraying.
Residents in the spray 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.
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.
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 and 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.
Oswego County residents who would like to receive community alerts by wireless phones, text messages and TTY may register for the Hyper-Reach Broadcast Notification Service through Oswego County’s E-9-1-1 Emergency Communications Department at https://secure.hyper-reach.com/comsignup.jsp?id=12481, or they may contact the E-9-1-1 administrative office at 349-8215 or 1-800-679-3911 and request a registration form. Landline phone customers don’t need to register because their numbers are provided to the E-9-1-1 department by the telephone companies that serve Oswego County.