Tens of thousands of acres of Oswego County to undergo aerial spraying Friday, Saturday

Map of aerial spraying area

22,775 acres of Oswego County will be sprayed for mosquitoes on August 8 and 9, weather permitting.

The Oswego County Health Department announced the spraying after five mosquito traps tested positive for EEE.

The spraying will cover portions of the towns of Hastings, Mexico, New Haven, Palermo and Volney. Spraying will start after 6:00 pm.

If postponed for weather, you can find the next spray date on Oswego Countyâ??s website.

Oswego County Health Commissioner Jiancheng Huang says, â??Aerial spraying is only a temporary control measure, and it is still very important for people throughout Oswego County to continue their efforts to prevent mosquito bites.â??

Neighbors are asked to do everything you can to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, including wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts, shoes and socks when outdoors and eliminating standing water around the home.

Repellants containing DEET are the most effective, but should be used with caution and according to label instructions. Products containing picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus are also effective.

These are the approximate boundaries of the spraying area:

From the southern edge of the Village of Mexico, a line from NY Route 69 to NY Route 3 along Munger Hill Road, continuing west across NY Route 3 to Hurlbutt Road; Hurlbutt Road west to County Route 64; County Route 64 west to County Route 6; County Route 6 south to County Route 4; County Route 4 east to County Route 35; County Route 35 south to NY Route 3; NY Route 3 to County Route 45; County Route 45 east to Jackson Road; Jackson Road east to County Route 4. County Route 4 south east to the Palermo-Hastings town line; from the Palermo-Hastings town line north to County Route 45; County Route 45 east to French Street; French Street north to NY Route 69; and NY Route 69 north and west to Munger Hill Road.

If you live in this area, the health officials recommend that you:

-Stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed for one hour after the spraying.

-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.

For more information about EEE and other viruses transmitted by mosquitoes, call the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext.3564 between 8:30 am and 4 pm, or visit the health department website here.