OSWEGO, NY – Weather permitting, the Oswego County Health Department will conduct aerial spraying tonight, Friday, Aug. 26. The aerial spray will begin after 6 p.m. and continue until the target areas have been treated.
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 first target area in central Oswego County encompasses nearly 18,000 acres in the towns of New Haven, Volney, Hastings, Palermo and Mexico. Spraying began in the southern portion of the area on Tuesday, August 23 and worked in a northerly direction, covering about two-thirds of the area. The remainder will be completed first during aerial spraying tonight.
The second target area was added to the schedule for aerial spraying on Wednesday, August 24. It is in the vicinity of Dugway in the towns of Albion and Parish.
Weather and time permitting, the aerial spray for this area will also take place tonight Friday, Aug. 26 after spraying is completed in the central Oswego County area. If spraying cannot be completed in one night due to weather or time, any remaining area in this vicinity will be finished on a subsequent night.
The approximate boundaries of the central Oswego County 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 Road.
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.
A notice will go out to residents in each target area within 20 minutes of the decision to spray through the Oswego County Hyper-Reach (Reverse 911) Broadcast Notification Service. The automated calls primarily reach those residents with landlines or those who have registered their cellular phones.
In order for spraying to be effective, foliage needs to be relatively dry and the weather should be rain-free for at least 30 minutes after the pesticide is applied. Winds need to be less than 10 miles per hour.
Aerial spraying is a control measure that will help to reduce the risk of human infection from the Eastern equine encephalitis virus. The virus is transmitted by infected mosquitoes and is considered a threat to public health throughout Oswego County.
The county health department has contracted with Duflo Spray-Chemical Inc. of Lowville to apply the pesticide Kontrol 30-30, which contains permethrin, in several areas of Oswego County that are known to harbor the EEE virus.
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.
Dr. Dennis Norfleet, public health director, emphasizes that aerial spraying is a temporary, partial measure to control the spread of EEE. 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 Kontrol 30-30 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.
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