Oswego County conducting aerial spraying for EEE

The Oswego County Health Department will conduct aerial spraying on about 15,000 acres in sections of the towns of Mexico, New Haven, Palermo, Scriba and Volney on Monday September 9 and Tuesday September 10, weather permitting.

Another 10,000 acres in the Toad Harbor-Big Bay Swamp area is scheduled to be completed Wednesday, September 11.

Mosquito pools in those areas have recently tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The spraying will take place after 6 pm.

The area to be sprayed starting Monday evening, September 9 is within these approximate boundaries: from the southern edge of the village of Mexico, NY RT 69 to NY RT 3 along Munger Hill Road continuing across NY RT 3 to Hurlbutt Road; Hurlbutt Road west to the Mexico/New Haven town line; from this point on Hurlbutt Road north to CR 64; from the Mexico/New Haven town line on CR 64 west to Stone Road; Stone Road west to Darrow Road; Darrow Road south to Lilly Marsh Road; Lilly Marsh Road west to CR 51A; CR 51A west to CR 29; CR 29 south to the power lines just north of Oâ??Connor Road; following the power lines south to CR 4; CR 4 east to NY RT 3; NY RT 3 north to Pople Ridge Road; Pople Ridge Road east to Kenyon Road; Kenyon Road north to NY RT 69; and NY RT 69 north to Munger Hill Road.

Any areas not sprayed on Monday will be sprayed on Tuesday.

On Wednesday evening, September 11, aerial spraying is scheduled for the Toad Harbor / Big Bay Swamp area near the north shore of Oneida Lake. The area to be sprayed includes about 10,000 acres 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. Spraying will not take place over the waters of Oneida Lake.

If spraying is postponed due to weather, residents can find any information on the Oswego County website.

People living in the spray area are being cautioned to:

-Keep pets indoors.

-Close the vents on window air conditioners so that outside air doesnâ??t enter the home for one hour.

-Remove outdoor toys, outdoor furniture, and clothing from the clothesline. Items left outdoors should be washed thoroughly with soap and water before using.

-If you are driving through an area while spraying takes place, close your car windows and vents.

-Cover gardens, or rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables thoroughly before cooking or eating.