OSWEGO, N.Y. — Oswego County plans to conduct aerial mosquito spraying Monday evening in the towns of Hastings, Constantia and West Monroe.
Residents within the aerial spray zone will be notified by the county’s enhanced 911 communications system.
If spraying is postponed due to weather conditions, residents will be notified through the news media and information will be posted on the Oswego County website.
The county decided to spray after finding mosquitoes infected with Eastern Equine Encephalitis, a potentially deadly virus, in and around Toad Harbor swamp.
Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang said people need to take steps to protect themselves against mosquitoes because aerial spraying can reduce, but not entirely eliminate mosquitoes.
The county has contracted with Duflo Spray-Chemical from Lowville to conduct the aerial spraying.
Residents in the spray area should stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed for one hour after the spraying. Residents are also advised to:
Keep pets indoors.
Close the vents on window air conditioners so that outside air doesn’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.
Anyone driving through an area while spraying takes place should close car windows and vents.
Cover gardens, or rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables thoroughly before cooking or eating.
The county will spray a diluted form of Kontrol 30-30, which contains permethrin.