Planes spraying for EEE virus divides neighbors in Oswego County

Planes are flying in the sky to spray chemicals down onto the ground to help stop the spread of Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

For neighbors like Dan Troiano, he says the spraying does more harm than good.

"That stuff is not good for you and I don't care what they say it doesn't just kill mosquitoes, it goes right up the food chain," says Troiano.

When his hometown of Hastings was sprayed in 2011 they shut all their windows and stayed inside, but he says his wife was still diagnosed with pesticide poisoning the day after spraying.

"For those couple of days her heart rate was out of control," says Troiano.

Other neighbors like Melva Chubb living near the spray zone of Mexico, Palermo and Hastings say the spraying greatly helps their communities by decreasing the adult mosquito population.

"I don't believe that it's a health risk, I do not. If it was a health risk they wouldn't do it," says Chubb.

Next week marks three years since four year old Maggie Wilcox died after contracting triple-E in her New Haven home. It serves as a reminder of the realities of this virus.

"I think it means that there's more of a reason to spray. It does effect with death and all, but I think it benefits just about everybody," says Adams.

The Health Department would like to remind everyone to stay indoors, bring their pets inside and cover up their gardens during the spraying and for one hour after.

Jiancheng Huang is the Public Health Director with Oswego County. "This is a very small amount. Safe, but this is for precaution," says Huang.

The Oswego County Health Department says they will continue spraying the rest of this area Saturday night as long as the weather cooperates with the pilots.