OSWEGO COUNTY, N.Y. -- Oswego County is planning to conduct aerial spraying early next week to combat the spread of mosquito borne illnesses. The spraying will target the deadly EEE virus.
Spraying is scheduled to begin after 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, weather permitting.
About 15,000 acres in areas of the towns of Mexico, New Haven, Palermo, Scriba and Volney will be sprayed on Monday and Tuesday and on Wednesday, an additional 10,000 acres will be sprayed in the Toad Harbor, Big Bay Swamp area.
Residents in these areas will be notified of the spraying by automated calls from the 911 center. They are being asked to follow a number of precautions, including closing windows, keeping pets indoors and covering vegetable gardens.
Tentative spraying schedule:
Monday: From the southern edge of the village of Mexico, NY RT 69 to NY RT 3 along Munger Hill Road continuing across NY RT 3 to Hurlbutt Road; Hurlbutt Road west to the Mexico/New Haven town line; from this point on Hurlbutt Road north to CR 64; from the Mexico/New Haven town line on CR 64 west to Stone Road; Stone Road west to Darrow Road; Darrow Road south to Lilly Marsh Road; Lilly Marsh Road west to CR 51A; CR 51A west to CR 29; CR 29 south to the power lines just north of O’Connor Road; following the power lines south to CR 4; CR 4 east to NY RT 3; NY RT 3 north to Pople Ridge Road; Pople Ridge Road east to Kenyon Road; Kenyon Road north to NY RT 69; and NY RT 69 north to Munger Hill Road.
Tuesday: Any remaining area.
Wednesday: 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; and the shoreline of Oneida Lake to the south. Spraying will not take place over the waters of Oneida Lake.