Oswego County plans second aerial spraying on Saturday, September 3


Oswego County plans second aerial spraying on Saturday, September 3

September 3, 2022

The Oswego County Health Department continues to plan aerial spraying over the Toad Harbour/Big Bay Swamp area, which includes parts of the Village of Central Square and the towns of Hastings, West Monroe and Constantia on Saturday September 3. Spraying will begin after 6 p.m., weather permitting.

The area to be sprayed is approximately 10,000 acres within these limits: US Rte. 11 to Central Square West, NYS Rte. 49 on the north, up to but not including the village of Constantia on the east; and the shoreline of Oneida Lake to the south. No pesticides will be applied to the open waters of Oneida Lake.

Aerial spraying depends on weather conditions. Residents of the spray area will be notified of the spray by the Hyper-Reach Broadcast Notification Service via the Oswego County E-9-1-1 Emergency Communications Service. If spraying is postponed due to weather, residents will be notified through the media and information will be posted on the Oswego County website at oswegocounty.com.

The health department has received the necessary authorization and permits to conduct aerial spraying from the state departments of health and environmental conservation. Perm-X ​​UL 30-30, which contains permethrin, will be applied in diluted form. The county contracted with Duflo Spray-Chemical of Lowville to do the aerial spraying.

A copy of the pesticide label and Safety Data Sheet (SDS), including permethrin aerial spray warnings and information sheets, is available on the Oswego County website at ‘address https://health.oswegocounty.com/programs/environmental1/mosquitoes.phpor obtained by calling the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3564 weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. After 4 p.m., call 315-341-0086.

Residents of the spray area should stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. They are also advised to:

  • Keep pets indoors.
  • Close the vents of window air conditioners so that outside air does not enter the house for an hour.
  • Remove outdoor toys, outdoor furniture and clothes from the clothesline. Items left outdoors should be washed thoroughly with soap and water before use.
  • If you are driving through an area while spraying, close your car’s windows and air vents.
  • Cover gardens and rinse home-grown fruits and vegetables thoroughly before cooking or eating them.

The state Department of Health has declared Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus (EEEV) an “imminent threat to public health” in Oswego County. EEV is an extremely rare but serious infection. It causes encephalitis or inflammation of the brain and is often fatal. It is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Aerial spraying is used to reduce the population of EEEV-carrying mosquitoes. This is a temporary control measure; however, and residents of Oswego County are urged to continue to protect themselves from mosquitoes.

Residents of Oswego County who wish to receive community alerts by wireless phone, text and TTY can sign up for the Hyper-Reach Broadcast Notification Service through the E-9-1-1 Emergency Communications Service of the Oswego County at oswegocounty.com/911. They can also call the E-9-1-1 administrative office at 315-349-8215 or 1-800-679-3911 and request an enrollment form. Landline customers do not need to register as their numbers are provided for E-9-1-1 service by the telephone companies serving Oswego County.

For more information on protecting your family from mosquitoes, call the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3547 or visit the New York State Department of Health website at the address https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2731/.

AERIAL SPRAY TO MARLATED AREAS OF TOAD HARBOR / BIG BAY – The map shows the area where aerial spraying is scheduled for Saturday, September 3, weather permitting. Spraying will begin after 6:00 p.m. and residents are advised to stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. For more information, visit https://health.oswegocounty.com/programs/environmental1/mosquitoes.php.


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