Reduce EEE risk: County residents dispose of waste tires

Oswego County residents continued to “fight the bite” June 14 by disposing of nearly 4,000 waste tires at a tire disposal event.

State Sen. Patty Ritchie, R-Oswegatchie, said the recent event was the second of two made possible through $275,000 in the new state budget that she helped secure.

 As a result of the two events — which were hosted in conjunction with Oswego County — nearly 10,000 waste tires were disposed of, with the $5 fee for each tire being waived.

 “It’s estimated that one waste tire can act as breeding ground for approximately one million mosquitoes,” Ritchie said. “As a result of these two free tire disposal events, we have done away with potentially hundreds of millions of mosquitoes that could have been carrying deadly viruses like EEE.”

Last year, more than 2,000 tires were disposed of at similar events. In addition to tire disposal events, Ritchie has spearheaded initiatives to help Oswego County battle EEE.

Recently, funding secured by Ritchie has been used to produce an educational video, pay for increased EEE surveillance and spraying to eliminate infected mosquitoes as well as a special program to help vaccinate horses, which are particularly susceptible to the disease.

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