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Sept. 10, 2012

Oswego County Plans to Conduct Aerial Spraying on Tuesday

Weather permitting, the Oswego County Health Department will conduct aerial spraying on Tuesday, September 11. The aerial spray will begin after 6:45 p.m. and continue until the target 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.

A notice will go out to residents in the target area within twenty 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.

The area to be sprayed includes about 10,000 acres within these boundaries: U.S. Route 11 in Central Square to the west, NYS Route 49 to the north, up to but not including the village of Constantia to the east, and the shoreline of Oneida Lake to the south. Spraying will not take place over the waters of Oneida Lake.

The Oswego County Health Department has received permission and permits required to conduct aerial spraying from the state Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation. The product Kontrol 30-30, which contains permethrin, will be applied in a diluted form. The county has contracted with Duflo Spray-Chemical from Lowville to conduct the aerial spraying. The procedure is approved by the state Health Department and the Department of Environmental Conservation.

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.

Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang emphasizes that aerial spraying is a temporary and partial control measure. 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, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus are also effective and should be used with caution according to label instructions.

A copy of the Kontrol 30-30 pesticide label with MSDS and all warnings, along with fact sheets about permethrin aerial spraying 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.

Sign up to receive important community messages through your cellular phone, including calls and text messages, by contacting the Oswego County E-911 Office at 315/349-8215 or 1-800-679-3911 or visit their Web site at www.oswegocounty.com/911.

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