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Posted on: July 1, 2016

Two Mosquito Pools Test Positive for West Nile virus; Frisco to Spray July 2

(July 1, 2016) The City of Frisco will spray for mosquitoes July 2 after receiving confirmation two mosquito pools tested ‘positive’ for West Nile virus (WNV). Spraying will start at 9 p.m. Saturday night and continue through 6 a.m. the next morning in two subdivisions.

A third party contractor will use a utility task vehicle (UTV) to target off-road locations in Shaddock Creek, between Legacy and Teel. There, crews will focus on ‘greenbelt’ areas making up Cottonwood Creek Park.

Inside The Chase at Stonebriar, crews will use ‘backpack’ sprayers to target accessible ‘greenbelt’ areas surrounding the mosquito ‘trap’ site, located near the intersection of Dunrobin Court and Wendover. Please see Shaddock Creek map here. Please see The Chase at Stonebriar map here.Today’s confirmations are the first this summer in Frisco. No human cases are confirmed here.

“Today’s ‘first’ confirmations came earlier this year compared to last summer,” said Julie Stallcup, Environmental Health Supervisor. “Entomologists tell us sustained, hotter temperatures plus humidity translate into a greater number of mosquitoes. Area cities are also reporting confirmations earlier than in years past. For these reasons, experts anticipate an increase in mosquito pool confirmations. We want to remind folks to be proactive and protect themselves from bites.”

The City of Frisco supports four precautionary habits promoted by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

1. Use approved insect repellents: Use repellent every time you go outside. Approved repellents contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Follow label instructions.

2. Drain standing water: Drain water that collects in cans, tires, buckets, rain gutters, and saucers under potted plants. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water.

3. Wear long sleeves, pants at dawn and dusk (when mosquitoes are most active).

4. Use air conditioning: Make sure doors and windows are screened – and those screens are intact.

In accordance with its plan, Frisco began testing for mosquitoes May 1. For more information, contact the City of Frisco’s Health & Food Safety Division of the Development Services Department at 972-292-5304 or go to www.FriscoTexas.gov.

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