OSWEGO COUNTY – Weather permitting, the Oswego County Health Department plans to conduct aerial spraying of approximately 10,000 acres of land in the Big Bay/Toad Harbor Swamp area in portions of the towns of Hastings, West Monroe and Constantia between 6 and 9 p.m. this evening, Sept. 4.
The area was previously sprayed in August and includes about 10,000 acres within these boundaries: east of U.S. Route 11 from Oneida River to Central Square, south of NYS Route 49 from Central Square, up to but not including the village of Constantia to the east; and north of the shoreline of Oneida Lake. Pesticide will not be applied over the open waters of Oneida Lake.
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 Web site at www.oswegocounty.com
Aerial spraying is considered a temporary control measure to help prevent the spread of the Eastern equine encephalitis virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes.
Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang said that aerial spraying is being done again in this area because several new samples of mosquitoes tested positive for EEE in this area recently.
He also emphasizes that people in all areas of Oswego County need to continue to protect themselves against mosquitoes when they are outdoors.
These measures include applying a mosquito repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus to prevent mosquito bites. People should also continue to limit their outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active; wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, shoes and socks when outdoors; and eliminate standing water around the home to reduce mosquito breeding sites.
During aerial spraying, people in the target area should stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed for one hour after the spraying. Other general precautions include:
· Keep pets indoors.
· Close the vents on window air conditioners so that outside air doesn’t enter the home for one hour.
· Remove or cover outdoor toys, outdoor furniture, and clothing from the clothesline. Items left outdoors can be washed thoroughly with soap and water before using.
· Cover gardens, or rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables thoroughly before cooking or eating.
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, 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 secure.hyper-reach.com, 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.