If you live or will be driving in the area of the Cicero Swamp, prepare for aerial spraying of infected mosquitos. There are several precautions you need to take today.

The Onondaga Health Department says the recent findings of the EEE virus in mosquitoes in the Cicero Swamp area will require an aerial spray tonight at 6. Here are the precautions you should take from 6 to 10 tonight.

  • Stay indoors and keep your windows closed for one hour after the area has been sprayed.
  • Keep your pets indoors if possible.
  • Set your window air conditioners to circulate indoor air. It is safe to use your central air conditioning.
  • Keep outdoor gardens covered and rinse vegetables before eating.
  • Be sure children’s toys, outdoor furniture, and clothes on outdoor clotheslines are brought inside. If toys or clothes are left outdoors, wash each thoroughly with soap and water before using and launder clothes before wearing.
  • Close your car windows and car vents if you are driving during the spraying.

It is possible for weather or wind conditions to force a postponement of tonight's scheduled spray. If it happens, a new date will be announced via local news, social media, and other communication channels. Residents in the spray areas will also be notified by phone through the 911 emergency notification system.  Here's the map of the proposed spray area. Spray info" target="_blank">Read more from the Onondaga Health Department.

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