Oswego, N.Y. - There's been more Triple E found in Oswego County
The County's Health Department says Eastern equine encephalitis virus was discovered in mosquitoes at a sampling site in the Town of Palermo. This is the first time this year the virus was found at the Palermo location. Another seven samples of mosquitoes, recently collected from areas of the county where Triple E confirmed earlier this summer, show the virus is still active even after recent spraying. The health department urges people to take precautions to protect against being bitten.
The Oswego County Health Department suggest these steps to reduce mosquito habitat around the home:
- Repair or replace window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
- Mosquito larvicide “dunk” packs, suitable for treating large containers of water, are available from the Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District. The treatments must be used according to the label’s instructions. For information call 315-592-9663.
- Dispose of old tires. Used tires are a significant mosquito breeding site and are accepted at Oswego County transfer stations.
- Empty or dispose of pails, cans, flower pots, and similar water-holding containers.
- Clear roof gutters and be sure they drain properly.
- Turn over wheelbarrows and wading pools when not in use.
- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs, and drain pool covers.
- Change the water in birdbaths and horse troughs twice a week.
- Remove leaf debris from yards and gardens and clean vegetation and debris from the edge of ponds.
- For more information about protecting your family against mosquitoes, call the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3547 or visit https://health.oswegocounty.com/.