Oswego County plans aerial spraying for Sunday night

The Oswego County Health Department is tentatively scheduled to conduct aerial spraying in the Toad Harbor and Big Bay Swamp area, near the north shore of Oneida Lake, on Sunday night, weather permitting.

The spraying, for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile virus, was previously planned for earlier this week but was postponed due to inclement weather.

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.

Residents within the boundaries will be notified of the spraying by the Oswego County Hyper-Reach program. They are advised to close their windows and doors and keep them closed until 9 p.m.

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.