UPDATE: Due to rain, The Oswego County Health Department postponed its plans to spray an area Sunday night for mosquitoes. Weather permitting, the department will resume aerial spraying Monday night. Health officials say in order for spraying to be effective, it needs to be relatively dry.
The area scheduled to be sprayed beginning Monday night includes parts of the towns of New Haven, Volney, Hastings, Palermo and Mexico.
Aerial spraying of the Toad Harbor/Big Bay Swamp area on the north shore of Oneida Lake was completed Saturday night.. It's to help stop the spread of Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Weather permitting, the Oswego County Health Department will conduct aerial spraying in New Haven, Volney, Hastings, Palermo and Mexico Sunday night starting at 6 pm.
Planes will be out spraying for mosquitoes in Oswego County this weekend.
The County says aerial spraying will be conducted Saturday, August 20th and Sunday, August 21st, weather permitting.
On Saturday, planes will cover the Big Bay/Toad Harbor Swamp on the north shore of Oneida Lake. That includes 10,000 acres bordered by Route 1 in Central Square to the west, 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. The planes will not spray over the waters of Oneida Lake.
On Sunday, the spraying area includes the towns of New Haven, Volney, Hastings, Palermo, and Mexico on Sunday. According to Oswego County, the approximate boundaries are as follows: "From the southern edge of the village of Mexico line from state Route 69 to state Route 3 along Munger Hill Road, continuing across state Route 3 to Hurlbutt Road; from Hurlbutt Road west to county Route 64; west on county Route 64 to county Route 6. From county Route 6 south to county Route 4; county Route 4 east to state Route 3, state Route 3 south to the intersection of county Route 35A. From this point, south and east to the intersection of Winks Road and county Route 45. From this point to a line north and east to the intersection of county Route 4 and county Route 45 (Upson Corners). From county Route 45 east to US Route 11; from US Route 11 north to Markowitz Road; from Markowitz Road west to Kenyon Road; from Kenyon Road north to state Route 69; from state Route 69 northwest to Munger Hill Road."
Both days, spraying will begin after 6:00pm and will continue until the entire area has been treated.
Oswego County got approval from both the New York State Health Department and the Department of Environmental Conservation to conduct the spraying.
If you live within the spraying area, you should stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed for one hour after the spraying. You are also advised to keep pets inside, close vents on window air conditioners, bring outdoor furniture inside, along with outdoor toys, and any clothes on a clothesline. Anything that gets left outside should be thoroughly washed before use. You should also cover your gardens during spraying.
The Oswego County Health Department is spraying for mosquitoes to help stop the spread of EEE or Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Earlier this week, four-year-old Maggie Wilcox died from EEE. The Health Commissioner says the virus has been spreading in an unusual pattern this summer.
Another mosquito-borne illness, West Nile, was recently found in a mosquito pool near the New York State Fairgrounds in Geddes.