SEAGOVILLE – Dallas County has reported a West Nile POSITIVE trap test on the northeastern side of Seagoville. Dallas County conducted a spray mission on Tuesday and has scheduled another spray mission tonight, Sept. 12, weather permitting.
The area to be sprayed is the northeastern side of the city from Malloy Bridge Road to Stark Road starting at 9:00 p.m. tonight.
The City’s protocol is to conduct targeted ground spraying in areas where WNV has been confirmed in mosquitoes, and in areas where trapping has indicated significant increases in the number of mosquitoes that have the potential to carry WNV. The City will expand surveillance and place an additional trap near the locations to gain information on mosquito activity.
The City’s mosquito control program is continually evolving to address the threat of West Nile Virus (WNV). Public information and outreach are extensive using television, radio, billboards, brochures, and community meetings. Additionally, a webpage at www.dallascityhall.com is dedicated to WNV information, including links to videos developed to educate the public on WNV prevention. The City is proactively identifying sources of mosquito breeding by responding to 3-1-1 standing water, stagnant pools and water conservation complaints. However, it is important that residents do their part by taking the necessary precautions to avoid exposure to the virus.
Protection Against Mosquito Bites
The best way to avoid exposure to West Nile Virus is to avoid mosquito bites. Residents should use the 4D’s to reduce their risk:
– Defend yourself by using insect repellents that contain DEET or other EPA approved repellents and follow label instructions
– Dress in long sleeves and pants, loose and light-colored clothing when you go outside
– Dusk and dawn, stay indoors during this time to avoid mosquitoes when they are most active
– Drain standing water and install or repair window screens
Prevent Mosquito Breeding
Residents should eliminate standing water to prevent mosquito breeding and the spread of West Nile 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, Dallas residents should call 3-1-1. For additional information on mosquito control visit www.dallascityhall.com.
Source: City of Seagoville