July 23, 2007
Oswego County Aerial Spray Is Postponed
The Oswego County Health Department postponed its plans to spray the Toad Harbor Swamp area north of Oneida Lake today because of the likelihood it will rain this evening. Weather permitting, the department will conduct aerial spraying on Tuesday evening, July 24.
Kathleen Smith, Oswego County Public Health Director, said the public will be notified through the news media.
“Aerial spraying is a control measure that will help to reduce the risk of human infection from Eastern equine encephalitis” said Smith. Several pools of mosquitoes collected from the village of Central Square and Toad Harbor Swamp have tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis since late June.
Oswego County has contracted with Duflo Spray-Chemical Inc. of Lowville to spray about 10,000 acres on the north shore of Oneida Lake between the village of Central Square and the village of Constantia. The pesticide Kontrol, which contains permethrin, will be sprayed over the area. The pesticide is applied according to state and federal environmental regulations and the operation is inspected by the DEC.
The aircraft is equipped with an advanced GPS system and software to map out the spraying area and flying routes. The spray is automatically turned off when the plane flies over Oneida Lake and other environmentally sensitive areas.
For information, call the Oswego County Health Department at 349-3557 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3557, weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
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