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More Cities Opt-In for Aerial Spraying

Duncanville, Ferris, Rowlett, Sunnyvale and Seagoville to be sprayed Wednesday night

By Frank Heinz and Omar Villafranca
|  Wednesday, Aug 22, 2012  |  Updated 5:34 AM CDT
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Dallas County reported an eleventh death from the West Nile virus on Tuesday, as the the county opts for a second phase of aerial spraying for infected mosquitoes.

Lindsay Wilcox & Omar Villafranca, NBC 5 News

Dallas County reported an eleventh death from the West Nile virus on Tuesday, as the the county opts for a second phase of aerial spraying for infected mosquitoes.

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Two Rounds Down, Tests to Come

After two rounds of aerial spraying, officials will now conduct tests to see how well spraying has worked across the county.

Aerial Spraying Could be Interrupted Tuesday

Aerial spraying for mosquitoes, the source of the West Nile virus epidemic in Dallas County, could be temporarily suspended Tuesday night. If this is the case, spraying would resume Wednesday, according to the company doing the work.
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Seven additional cities have opted for Dallas County's aerial spraying of mosquitoes.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said the cities of Duncanville, Ferris, Rowlett, Sunnyvale, Seagoville and Wilmer would take part in Clarke Mosquito Control's aerial spraying of Duet. Areas of Mesquite south of Interstate 30 also would be sprayed by air, Jenkins said.

Caleb Stitely, a spokesman for Dynamic Aviation, the company doing the spraying, said aerial spraying should start Wednesday night for the cities that have opted-in.

Stitely said mosquito traps were being set on the ground while pilots map off the area for spraying. The combined area is not as big as the area involved in the first round of spraying.

Weather permitting, the spraying will start Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. Another round of spraying could happen on Thursday if the wind cooperates, Stitely said.

On Monday night, five planes sprayed a second dose of Duet adulticide over more than 360,000 acres of Dallas County.


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