EEE found in Cicero Swamp, aerial spraying scheduled

Onondaga County Health Officials report that they have found eastern equine encephalitis in a mosquito pool on East Taft Road.

The sample that tested positive was collected on July 10 at the site on East Taft Road, near the Totman Road intersection.

Due to the finding of EEE, the Cicero Swamp and the immediate surrounding area will be sprayed.

The aerial spraying is scheduled for Tuesday, July 22 between 6-9pm, weather permitting. Neighbors in the spray area will be notified through the emergency notification system, health officials say. The spray area will cover Route 31 to the north, Taft Road to the south, to the eastern county line and to Northern Boulevard on the west.

The spraying will also cover several roads, including all or parts of Route 298, Bull Street, Eastwood Road, Island Road, Cicero Center Road, Ferstler Road and Oxbow Road.

The pesticide Kontrol will be used in the aerial spraying. The pesticide is registered with the EPA and the NYS Division of Environmental Conservation for use. You can read more about the pesticide here.

The health department recommends that neighbors in the affected areas should:

-Stay indoors and keep windows closed for one hour after your area has been sprayed

-Keep pets indoors if possible

-Cover outdoor gardens and rinse vegetables before eating

-Set your window air conditioners to circulate indoor air. It is safe to use your central air conditioning

-Remove childrenâ??s toys that are outdoors, any outdoor furniture, and clothes from outdoor clotheslines

-If toys or clothes have been left outdoors, wash each thoroughly with soap and water before using and launder clothes before wearing

-If you are driving during the spraying, close your car windows and vents

The health department also recommends that neighbors due everything they can to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, including:

-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

Click here for a map of the aerial spraying area.

For more information, call the Onondaga County Health Department at 435-1649.