September 11, 2013
OSWEGO COUNTY – Aerial spraying of the target area in central Oswego County was completed on Tuesday, September 10. The area encompasses approximately 15,000 acres in portions of the towns of Mexico, New Haven, Palermo, Scriba and Volney.
The Oswego County Health Department has postponed its plans to spray the Toad Harbor / Big Bay Swamp area today. Weather permitting, aerial spraying will resume on Thursday, September 12. 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.
“Based upon the unsettled forecast we’ve reviewed from multiple sources for tonight, coupled with the high threat of severe thunderstorms, the aerial spraying has been postponed,” said Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang.
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. Repellants containing DEET are the most effective, but should be used with caution and according to label instructions.”
Products containing picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus are also effective. For more information, call 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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