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August 23, 2011

Oswego County Plans to Resume Aerial Spraying Tonight

Click here to download a map of the areas that will be sprayed.

Weather permitting, the Oswego County Health Department will conduct an aerial spray of a large area of central Oswego County tonight and tomorrow evening, Aug. 23 and 24. The aerial spray will begin after 6 p.m. both evenings and continue until the area has 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 oswegocounty.com. The area to be sprayed will encompass nearly 18,000 acres in the towns of New Haven, Volney, Hastings, Palermo and Mexico. Beginning with the southern portion of the area and working in a northerly direction, about two-thirds of it will be sprayed the first night, and the remainder will be completed the second night.

The approximate boundaries 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.

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 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. Insect repellents should be used according to the label instructions.

A copy of the pesticide label and MSDS including all warnings, can be found on the Oswego County Web site at oswegocounty.com/health or obtained by calling the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3564, weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. After 4 p.m., call 315-341-0086.


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