Oswego County News Release
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July 24, 2007

Oswego County Aerial Spray Is Postponed

Aerial spraying of the Toad Harbor Swamp area on the north shore of Oneida Lake has been postponed until Wednesday, July 25, the Oswego County Health Department announced this afternoon. Weather permitting, the pesticide Kontrol, which is a permethrin-based substance, will be applied over about 10,000 acres between the villages of Central Square and Constantia on Wednesday evening.

Eight pools of mosquitoes in this area have tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) since late June.

Kathleen Smith, Oswego County Public Health Director, said the public will be notified of the aerial spraying schedule through the news media. The Oswego County Health Department has received permission to conduct aerial spraying from the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

During aerial spraying, people in the affected 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.

Smith said people should limit their outdoor activities around dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active, wear long pants, long sleeve shirts, shoes and socks while outdoors, and eliminate standing water around the home. An insect repellent containing DEET may be applied over clothing according to the label instructions.

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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