Dallas Set To Fumigate The City Against Virus-Carrying Mosquitoes

Alarmed over recent findings regarding a vulnerable strain, the Dallas County Health Department and Human Services said that they are fumigating parts of the city and spray for mosquitoes, samples of which were tested positive for West Nile virus.

Among the areas up for spraying on Tuesday starting 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., include:

  • 3400 block of Grafton Ave 75211: generally bounded by Burlingdell Avenue on the north, Burns Avenue on the west, South Ravinia Drive on the east, and June Drive on the south.

  • 9000 block of Rolling Rock Lane 75238: generally bounded by Wallbrook Drive on the north, Lynbrook Drive on the west, Pandora Drive on the east, and Northwest Highway on the south.

  • 18700 block of Platte River Way 75287: generally bounded by Rosemeade Parkway on the north, Kelly Boulevard on the west, Marsh Lane on the east, and Timberglen Road on the south.

  • 19300 block of Millwheat Trail 75252: generally bounded by President George Bush Turnpike on the north, Willow Wood Lane on the west, Lloyd Circle on the east, and Knightsbridge Drive on the south.

The Dallas-CHDHS also issued a health advisory on how to prevent being bitten by the virus-carrying mosquitoes.

Part of the advisory asked residents to don long sleeves, pants when outdoors. For an added protection, the government health officials also asked the city folks to consider spraying clothes with mosquito repellant.

As for the repellant, the city also has simple instructions as to how to make one. Accordingly, an ingredient referred to as DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus should come with the repellant.

The city called on residents to clear their neighborhood of stagnant water, where mosquitoes usually stay, lay eggs, and hatch them.

Previously, the city government told the public to stay indoors during dusk and dawn, even as it cited the possible risks of being bitten by a mosquito with West Nile virus. According to reports, mosquitoes are more likely to carry Zika, dengue, and chikungunya, especially during day time.