Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) has confirmed three mosquito samples testing positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in Carrollton.
These samples were collected from the mosquito management areas 1B, 6B, and 7B. Area 1B is located between Josey Lane, Rosemeade Parkway, Midway Road and Hebron Parkway. Area 6B is located between Josey Lane, Keller Springs Road, Marsh Lane, and Belt Line Road. Area 7B is located between Broadway Street, Belt Line Road, Webb Chapel Road, and southern City limits. These areas can be viewed in detail at cityofcarrollton.com/westnile. The City of Carrollton conducts mosquito trapping in seven areas of the City each week of the mosquito season, April-October, and has collected 143 samples so far this year.
Carrollton Animal Services will conduct ground-based spraying in the neighborhoods outlined above, weather permitting, on Monday, August 21 and Tuesday, August 22 beginning at approximately 9 p.m. and continuing until completed. Spraying will not be conducted in the event of wind speeds in excess of 15 mph or inclement weather.
Scott Hudson, Environmental Services Director, encourages citizens to practice the ‘4Ds’ to reduce the risk of WNV:
· DEET All Day, Every Day: Whenever you’re outside, use insect repellants that contain DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
· DRESS: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside.
· DRAIN: Remove all areas of standing water in and around your home.
· DUSK & DAWN: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn hours when mosquitoes are most active.