Sept. 6, 2019Pesticide Info Available at www.oswegocounty.com/health/index.html -
OSWEGO COUNTY -The Oswego County Health Department plans to conduct aerial spraying of approximately 12,000 acres in portions of the towns of Palermo, Mexico and Hastings this evening, Sept. 9. Weather permitting, the county will conduct a second aerial spray over the Toad Harbor Swamp area Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Aerial spraying is used to reduce the population of mosquitoes that carry the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus, a rare but serious disease that is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes carrying EEE have been found in the towns of Palermo, West Monroe, Constantia and Hastings, and five mammals have died of the disease in recent weeks.
The Oswego County Health Department continues to work closely with the New York State Department of Health to monitor the virus activity in Oswego County. Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang said it is imperative that people continue to take steps to protect themselves against mosquitoes in areas across Oswego County. Aerial spraying can be effective in reducing mosquito populations, but it does not eliminate all mosquitoes.
The area to be sprayed on Monday is within these boundaries: south from the edge of the village of Mexico (no spraying in the village), along Munger Hill Road, a line from NY Route 69 to NY Route 3, NY Route 3 south to the intersection of county Route 35A. A line from this point south and east to the intersection of Winks Road and county Route 45. From this point a line north and east to the intersection of county Routes 4 and 45 (Upson Corners). County Route 45 east to US Route 11. US Route 11 north to Markowitz Road. Markowitz Road west to Kenyon Road. Kenyon Road north to NY Route 69. NY Route 69 northwest to Munger Hill Road.
The area to be sprayed over the Toad Harbor Swamp area is 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. Pesticide will not be applied over the open waters of Oneida Lake. Aerial spraying is dependent on weather conditions. Residents within the spray area will be notified of the spraying by the Hyper-Reach Broadcast Notification Service through Oswego County's E-9-1-1 Emergency Communications Department. If 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 www.oswegocounty.com.
Residents in the spray area should stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed between 6 and 10 p.m. Residents are also advised to:
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