OSWEGO – Weather permitting, the Oswego County Health Department will conduct aerial spraying of approximately 15,000 acres in portions of the towns of Mexico, New Haven, Palermo, Scriba and Volney Monday and Tuesday evening, Sept. 9 and 10.
Another 10,000 acres in the Toad Harbor – Big Bay Swamp area is scheduled to be completed Wednesday, Sept. 11.
Aerial spraying is being conducted as a preventative measure to reduce the chances of a person contracting the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus, which is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Due to the size of the area, spraying cannot be completed in one evening.
Aerial spraying will start after 6 p.m.
The area to be sprayed starting Monday evening, Sept. 9 is within these approximate boundaries: from the southern edge of the village of Mexico, NY RT 69 to NY RT 3 along Munger Hill Road continuing across NY RT 3 to Hurlbutt Road; Hurlbutt Road west to the Mexico/New Haven town line; from this point on Hurlbutt Road north to CR 64; from the Mexico/New Haven town line on CR 64 west to Stone Road; Stone Road west to Darrow Road; Darrow Road south to Lilly Marsh Road; Lilly Marsh Road west to CR 51A; CR 51A west to CR 29; CR 29 south to the power lines just north of O’Connor Road; following the power lines south to CR 4; CR 4 east to NY RT 3; NY RT 3 north to Pople Ridge Road; Pople Ridge Road east to Kenyon Road; Kenyon Road north to NY RT 69; and NY RT 69 north to Munger Hill Road.
Spraying of this area will be take place on Monday evening as time and weather permits.
Any remaining area will be completed on Tuesday, Sept. 10, or on a subsequent evening, weather permitting. Residents within the remaining aerial spray boundaries will be notified of the aerial spraying by the Oswego County Hyper-Reach reverse 911 program.
Residents are advised to close windows and doors and keep them closed until 9 p.m.
On Wednesday evening, Sept. 11, aerial spraying is scheduled for the Toad Harbor / Big Bay Swamp area near the north shore of Oneida Lake. 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.
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
The Oswego County Health Department has received permission and 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.
The county has contracted with Duflo Spray-Chemical from Lowville to conduct the aerial spraying. The procedure is approved by the state Health Department and the Department of Environmental Conservation.
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.
Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang said, “The aerial spray will be helpful to control the mosquito populations, but it will not kill all of the mosquitoes. People need to remain diligent about following their personal protection practices even after the spray takes place.”
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. 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.
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 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.