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      Spraying in Oswego County to reduce risk of West Nile Virus

      Spraying on the northern shore of Oneida Lake.

      T his evening, roughly 10,000 acres on the northern shore of Oneida Lake in Oswego County were sprayed from special planes. County health officials try to control the areas mosquito population. Due to the chemicals in the spray, neighbors have to take some special precautions.

      Tara Coughlin was camping on the north shore of the lake near Central Square. "We have to bring inside all the outside toys and chairs and stuff inside and we take old sheets from our beds and put them on our tomato plants," says Coughlin.

      Even with the hassle of moving things inside, many in the area like Ron House, say the spraying is something that's been going on for several years and needs to happen.

      "I f they don't do it, it's really ridiculous because at dusk you have to go inside for 2 to 3 hours before you can come back out," says House.

      The county says this is not intended to kill all mosquitoes in the area, but to curb the population as a way to reduce the chance someone will contract Eastern Equine Encephalitis or West Nile Virus from an infected mosquito.

      While some neighbors are happy that this spraying is going on right in their backyard, others like David Strong go on to say the spraying should have taken place much earlier. "It seems like they spray every year, but it always seems like they wait until they get a test that the mosquitoes test positive. They test positive every year, why do they wait so long? They should be spraying before they're hatching, it seems a little late, summer's almost over," says Strong.

      No spraying took place over the lake.