OSWEGO – The Oswego County Health Department plans to conduct aerial spraying of approximately 22,775 acres in portions of the towns of Hastings, Mexico, New Haven, Palermo and Volney Friday and Saturday evenings, Aug. 8 and 9, depending on weather conditions.
The aerial spray will begin after 6 p.m.
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
County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang said a sample of mosquitoes in the northern portion of the town of Palermo recently tested positive for the Eastern equine encephalitis virus. Although aerial spraying can be effective in diminishing mosquito populations, 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. 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 approximate boundaries of the area are as follows: from the southern edge of the village of Mexico, a line from NY Route 69 to NY Route 3 along Munger Hill Road continuing west across NY Route 3 to Hurlbutt Road; Hurlbutt Road west to County Route 64; County Rotre 64 west to County Route 6; County Route 6 south to County Route 4; County Route 4 east to County Route 35; County Route 35 south to NY Route 3; NY Route 3 to County Route 45; County Route 45 east to Jackson Road; Jackson Road east to County Route 4. County Route 4 south east to the Palermo-Hastings town line; from the Palermo-Hastings town line north to County Route 45; County Route 45 east to French Street; French Street north to NY Route 69; and NY Route 69 north and west to Munger Hill Road.
Aerial spraying will take place over the course of two consecutive evenings because of the size of the target area. A map of the area is posted on the Oswego County web site at www.oswegocounty.com
The county has contracted with Duflo Spray-Chemical from Lowville to conduct the aerial spraying.
Residents in the 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.
For more information about EEE and other viruses transmitted by mosquitoes, call the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext.3564 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. or visit http://www.oswegocounty.com/health/index.html