Oswego (WSYR-TV) - The Oswego County Health Department conducted aerial spraying on Saturday evening, after the EEE virus was found in mosquito pools.
The spraying took place over the Big Bay / Toad Harbor Swamp on the north shore of Oneida Lake between 7:15 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.
EEE was found in mosquito pools collected in Central Square, the health department announced earlier this week.
People who live in the area being sprayed were notified by a reverse 911 call.
The health department says the area targeted includes about 10,000 acres within these boundaries:
- U.S. Route 11 in Central Square to the west
- NYS Route 49 to the north
- Up to but not including the village of Constantia to the east
- The shoreline of Oneida Lake to the south
Spraying did not take place over the waters of Oneida Lake.
The health department received the permission and permits required to conduct aerial spraying from the state Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation. The product Kontrol 30-30, which contains permethrin, was applied in a diluted form.
“The goal of the aerial spray is not to kill all mosquitoes in the area, but to control the mosquito population so as to reduce the chance of an infected mosquito biting a human being,” said Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang. “I ask people in Oswego County to continue to diligently perform individual prevention measures.”
The health department advised people in the spray area to stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed for one hour after the spraying.
Residents in spray areas are 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.
- Those 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.
Huang said people should continue to limit their outdoor activities around dawn and dusk - when mosquitoes are most active - wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, shoes and socks when outdoors, and eliminate standing water around the home.
The health department says repellants containing DEET are the most effective, but should be used with caution and according to label instructions.
A copy of the pesticide label and MSDS including all warnings, and fact sheets about permethrin aerial spraying can be found on the Oswego County Web site
, or obtained by calling the Oswego County Health Department at (315) 349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3564, weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. After 4 p.m., call (315) 341-0086.