Free mosquito dunks

WHITESTOWN — The Oneida County office is among Soil and Water Conservation Districts handing out free mosquito dunks that kill larva.

The free treatments — packets of a larvicide that can be used to treat standing water, including small pools, bird baths and ornamental ponds — are being made available to homeowners through a partnership with the Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Oneida, Jefferson, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties.

The treatments are funded with a state grant obtained by state Sen. Patty Ritchie, R-48, St. Lawrence County. Ritchie has pushed for more awareness and prevention of mosquito bites since Maggie Wilcox, 4, of Oswego County died last summer after contracting the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus.

All five people who died from EEE in New York since 1971 got sick in Oswego and Onondaga counties.

The Oneida County Soil and Water Conservation District is located at 121 Second St., Room E. The telephone number is 736-3334