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      Onondaga County mosquito monitoring begins this month

      The Onondaga County Heath Department says it will start monitoring the mosquitoes buzzing around the county this month.

      Starting the week of May 20th, the health department will launch its annual mosquito-borne virus surveillance and control program, where it collects and tests the mosquitoes for the West Nile Virus, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE, and other various viruses.

      The program, which runs through about October 18, also uses larvicides to control the pests, before they can start biting, and reproducing.

      Last August, the West Nile Virus claimed one life in Onondaga County.

      If you're curious about the pesticides that will be used to keep the mosquito population in check, you can call the health department at (315) 435-1649, or go to its website.