EEE found again in Cicero Swamp, no plans for aerial spraying

The mosquito pool on East Taft Road, in the Cicero Swamp, tested positive for EEE on July 22, the same day that aerial spraying took place, according to the Onondaga County Health Department.

A Health Department spokeswoman tells CNY Central that she could not say for sure if the sample was taken before or after the spraying, but noted that mosquito populations in general are down. This is the third positive EEE test in the East Taft Road trap this season, something the spokeswoman noted was different compared to previous years. There are no plans for additional spraying.

â??Due to recent rainfall along with predicted warm temperatures, residents should expect that mosquito activity will increase,â?? says Onondaga County Interim Health Commissioner Michelle Mignano. â??This new finding further reinforces that EEE is in our environment and that it is prudent that residents practice both personal protection measures and take steps to reduce mosquito breeding grounds on their property.â??

Those protection measures include using mosquito repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, or IR3535.

In order to cut down on the mosquitoes on your property, the Health Department recommends:

-Throw away outdoor containers, ceramic pots or containers that hold water.

-Remove all tires from your property.

-Drill holes in the bottoms of recycling containers that are kept outdoors.

-Clean clogged rain gutters and make sure they continue to work properly.

-Turn over wheelbarrows and wading pools when not in use.

-Change water in bird baths at least every four days.

-Clear vegetation and debris from the edges of ponds.

-Clean chlorinated swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs.

-Drain water from pool covers.

-Use landscaping to eliminate low spots where standing water accumulates.

For more information about personal protection measures contact the Onondaga County Health Department, Division of Environmental Health at 435-1649 or click here to visit their website.