The Onondaga County Health Department will be conducting aerial spraying of the Cicero Swamp and immediate surrounding areas on Friday, July 10, between the hours of 7:30 and 10:00 pm weather permitting. Spraying of the Cicero Swamp did not occur last evening due to mechanical problems with the airplane. Onondaga County Health Commissioner, Indu Gupta MD, MPH explained, “I appreciate the public’s patience with our having to postpone aerial spraying. We have had to deal with factors that are beyond our control, such as unfavorable weather conditions and mechanical problems with the airplane, however, be reassured spraying will take place as soon as possible.”
The Health Department explained that weather is a primary factor when conducting aerial spraying. Spraying cannot occur if it is raining outdoors or could rain within four hours. In addition, the wind conditions must not exceed 10 miles per hour during spray time. If either, or both, of these conditions are anticipated, aerial spraying cannot occur because these conditions would impact the effectiveness and accuracy of the targeted spraying.
The Health Department reminds residents that during spraying, it is recommended that residents:
- Stay indoors and keep windows closed for one hour after your area has been sprayed
- Keep your pets and pet toys indoors if possible
- Cover outdoor gardens and rinse all vegetables before eating
- Set your window air conditioners to circulate indoor air (it is safe to use your central air conditioning)
- Remove children’s toys that are outdoors, any outdoor furniture, and clothes from outdoor clotheslines
- If toys or clothes have been left outdoors, wash each thoroughly with soap and water before using and wash clothes before wearing
- If you are driving during the spraying, close your car windows and vents
The Health Department reinforces the importance of practicing personal protection measures when spending time outdoors. Personal protection measures should be used when spending time outdoors and includes wearing shoes and socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outside for a long period of time. Applying a mosquito repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, or IR3535 is also recommended to prevent mosquito bites. Do not put the repellent directly onto children. Put it on your hands and apply it to your child. Do not put insect repellent on your face. Wash skin and clothing after returning indoors. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for application.
To view a map of the spraying area, visit: http://www.ongov.net/health/documents/SprayMapCicero.pdf
For more information about personal protection measures contact the Onondaga County Health Department, Division of Environmental Health at 435-1649.