Take precautions against mosquitos

— Every year, the Onondaga County Department of Health begins surveillance and control of the mosquito population in May. They monitor more than 20 traps across the county, testing mosquitoes for West Nile and EEE. EEE was identified in the Cicero Wildlife Management area in early July which prompted an aerial spraying on July 22 after obtaining the necessary approval from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. This helped to reduce the mosquito count, but with the recent wet-weather, additional spraying throughout the neighborhoods surrounding the management area was authorized and the truck spraying occurred Aug. 17. This will continue to be monitored by the department of health.

As a resident of the affected area, I cannot stress enough the importance of taking as many precautionary measures as possible. Officials from the health department encourage personal protection as the first and best line of defense against mosquito bites; this includes getting rid of any standing water around your home, ensuring all windows and doors have screens, wearing long sleeved shirts and pants, especially when you are outside at dusk or dawn, and using repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, or IR3535. For more information on protecting yourself and your property, visit their website at ongov.net/health/mosquitoborne.

Jim Corl represents the third district which includes the town of Cicero and portions of the town of Manlius. Jim welcomes constituent feedback; he can be reached by email at jcorl1@twcny.rr.com or at 699-9585.

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