Rep. Alonzo Alerts Locals About West Nile Spraying
Texas State Representative Roberto R. Alonzo’s legislative offices have received notice from City of Dallas officials about the areas in Dallas that are scheduled for mosquito control spraying for the West Nile virus, a mosquito-borne illness – during the next few days, primarily in the 75224 zip code area.
This time around spraying will take place in the following Control Area: The area to be sprayed is generally bounded by Burlington Boulevard on the north, Waverly Drive on the west, Vernon Avenue on the east and Ferndale Avenue on the south. Weather permitting; the area delineated below is scheduled for mosquito control spraying on Sunday, August 24 and Monday August 25 between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. each night.
“I am glad the City of Dallas has responded appropriately in combating this deadly virus that can kill human life, “ said Rep. Alonzo. “With Dallas County having one of the highest rates of deaths related to this virus, it is imperative that all governmental entities, local and state levels alike- take the proactive approach it has in addressing this serious matter. I will do anything and everything to work with local, county, and state officials in seeking the necessary resources to fight and attack this killer disease before it gets any worse,” continued Rep. Alonzo.
For more details, and to find out if your area is scheduled for spraying, you may contact: Crystal Woods – Code Compliance at (214) 670-9573.
While the insecticide is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency for treatment, residents in the above areas should avoid contact with the spray by staying indoors. Persons inside a vehicle while trucks are actively spraying should remain in their vehicles with the windows up and the air conditioner on until the trucks pass and the spray is no longer visible. Persons out during the scheduled spraying time should be alert for trucks and should not follow them. Residents who come in contact with the spray are advised to wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water. The spray breaks down quickly in the presence of sunlight and has no residual effect.
Protection against mosquito bites:
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 repellant.
Prevent mosquito breeding:
Residents should eliminate standing water to prevent mosquito breeding and the spread of West Nile Virus. Breeding places for mosquitoes include French drains, swimming pools that are not kept clean, stagnant ponds, pet watering dishes, birdbaths, potted plants, old tires, empty containers, toys and clogged rain gutters. 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.