by Carol Thompson
The mosquito dunk kits, provided by the state, are not flying off the shelves as anticipated.
“We’re surprised they are lasting as long as they are,” said John DeHollander, district manager of the Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District.
The kits are now available once again at the Soil and Water Conservation District office. They are also offered at the New Haven, Hastings and West Monroe town halls.
Those locations were selected because it is the area of the county with the greatest mosquito problem. Despite that, requests have been slow.
“We based (the locations) on last year’s outbreak,” he said. “I don’t know why people aren’t picking them up.”
As of Wednesday afternoon, New Haven had two cases of the mosquito larvicide kits left. DeHollander said some of the kits from the towns were brought back to the Soil and Water office.
Other counties have reported little interest in the kits.
Less than 100 people in Onondaga County have reportedly picked up the dunk pouches despite the number of pools found to be infected with West Nile virus.
DeHollander noted that there is a resurgence of interest in the kits after newspaper articles about mosquito problems are published.