Dallas Announces Ground Spraying Protocol for West Nile Virus

In the City of Dallas ground spraying activities for mosquitos control will be based on a positive West Nile Virus (WNV) mosquito trap result from a public health laboratory or a consistently high mosquito trap count as outlined under the City of Dallas 2014 Mosquito Control Plan.
– Only EPA approved products for ground spraying will be used.
– Products will only be dispensed from an ultra-low volume (ULV) truck mounted sprayer or a back pack sprayer (if conducting localized spraying).
– Spray activities will take place between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
– Spray activities will begin within 5 to 7 hours after the City is notified by the lab of a positive mosquito trap. All locations will be double sprayed on consecutive days.
The location(s) of all ground spraying actives and a map will be posted on the City’s web site. Citizens may contact 311 to report standing water or 214-670-1733 to get additional information on the City’s ground spraying activities.
People have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes. The best way to avoid exposure to West Nile virus is to avoid mosquito bites by employing the 4 Ds’:

Defend yourself by using insect repellents – 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

Protection against mosquito bites
Dallas residents are urged to take precautions against mosquito bites by reducing outdoor activity during early morning 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 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.