Local residents might consider heading in early tonight and tomorrow. The city found mosquito pools that tested positive for the West Nile Virus in our neighborhood and will be spraying the area between 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.
There are two areas being treated. The first lies is between Weeburn Drive on the north, Marsh Lane on the west, Midway Road on the east and Princess Lane on the south. The second area is bordered by Harvest Hill Road on the north, Dallas North Tollway on the west, Preston Road to the east and Forest Lane on the south.
The product used by the city to treat for West Nile Virus is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, however a city press release advises people stay indoors with windows securely shut while spraying is going on in the area. If you happen to see the spray while in your car, keep your windows up and the air conditioning on through the area. If you do come in direct contact with the spray, use soap and water to remove it.
West Nile Virus has been an issue in the neighborhood before. In 2013 and 2014, several residents in neighboring Lake Highlands came down with the disease after being bit by infected mosquitoes.
Dallas residents are urged to take precautions against mosquito bites by reducing outdoor activity during evening and nighttime hours. Residents who are outside during these times should cover their arms and legs and use a mosquito repellent.
Residents should eliminate standing water to prevent mosquito breeding and the spread of West Nile Virus, not to mention Zika virus. Breeding places for mosquitoes include swimming pools that are not kept clean, stagnant ponds, pet watering dishes, birdbaths, potted plants, old tires, empty containers, toys and clogged rain gutters and French drains. Standing water should be eliminated promptly, as mosquitoes can grow from egg to adult in as little as seven days.
To report standing water or mosquito problems call 3-1-1. For additional information on mosquito control, visit dallascitynews.net/fightthebite.
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