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Posted on: July 21, 2016

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

(July 21, 2016) The City of Frisco will spray for mosquitoes July 23 and 24 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 surrounding the following areas: the green belt areas of Oakbrook Park, the area immediately north and south of Little Ranch Road (between Teel Parkway and F.M. 423), areas in and around Hillcrest Neighborhood Park (immediately east and west of Hillcrest Road), the area surrounding the Starwood neighborhood hike and bike trail and locations in Shaddock Creek, focusing on ‘greenbelt’ areas making up Cottonwood Creek Park.

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

“Due to early rains and current hot temperatures, experts tell us to expect an elevated risk of mosquito-borne illness this year,” said Julie Stallcup, Environmental Health Supervisor. 

“It’s vital for our residents to be proactive and to take measures to ‘fight the bite’.”

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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