WEST MONROE, NY (WSYR-TV) - For the second straight weekend, the Oswego County Health Department trapped and marked mosquitoes with a fluorescent-colored powder in the Toad Harbor/Big Bay Swamp area.
In recent years, mosquitoes have been found to carry the potentially deadly EEE virus in Central New York.
On Saturday, the latest round of mosquitoes were trapped, marked and re-released into the open.
"Once the mosquitoes get marked we release them with the idea or the intent that at some point later on this summer we will capture them in some of our other trapping locations and give us an idea of when, where and how fast mosquitoes travel out of the Toad Harbor/Big Bay Swamp which we consider to be the focal point for the EEE virus in Oswego County,” said Evan Walsh with the Oswego County Health Department.
Walsh said they did recently find one mosquito that had been marked with a pink powder last weekend. Although just a few hundred yards away from the swamp, Walsh said it shows the project is working as intended.
The Oswego County Health Department will be marking, releasing and re-capturing mosquitoes the next three weekends.