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Posted on: July 29, 2016

Five Mosquito Pools Test 'Positive' for WNV; Frisco to Spray Saturday, Sunday Nights

(July 29, 2016) The City of Frisco will spray for mosquitoes July 30 and 31 after receiving confirmation five mosquito pools tested ‘positive’ for West Nile virus (WNV).

On the first evening, spraying will start at 9 p.m. Saturday and continue through 6 a.m. Sunday. Spraying will resume at 9 p.m. Sunday and continue through 6 a.m. Monday.

A third party contractor will use a utility task vehicle (UTV) to target off-road locations in the area of Teel Pkwy and Lebanon Rd (see attached map) and along Waterfall Drive south of Eldorado Parkway (see attached map).

The city’s contractor will also conduct ‘ground spraying’ to target the Frisco Lakes neighborhood. Ground spraying involves a ‘fogger truck’, which emits a 300 foot swath of spray from the back of the vehicle. City staff recommends residents stay indoors during spraying, bring pets indoors and refresh animals’ outdoor water dishes the next morning.

In areas south of Main Street between Teel Pkwy and Legacy Drive, the contractor will apply larvicide to the areas of standing water surrounding the retention pond directly north of High Shoals Drive.

The contractor will use a more targeted technique called ‘thermal fogging’ to treat ‘greenbelt’ areas along the Starwood neighborhood hike and bike trails, as well as a targeted area south of Lebanon Road (see attached map).

‘Thermal fogging’ is applied with hand-held devices and creates a smoke-like effect. A city-contracted entomologist says the technique is effective in areas that are harder to access due to trees and brush.

Today’s confirmations bring the number of ‘positive’ mosquito pools in Frisco this summer to eighteen. No human cases are confirmed here.

“It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to increase your chances of getting sick,” said Julie Stallcup, City of Frisco Environmental Health Supervisor.

“Everyone should take responsibility for their own personal protection, including making insect repellent part of your daily routine.”

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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