The city of Dallas will spray for mosquitoes in several areas overnight Friday.
Areas in south, southeast and north Dallas are scheduled for mosquito control spraying from 10 p.m. Friday until about 3 a.m. Saturday, weather permitting.
Two people and 28 mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile Virus in Dallas County, necessitating the spraying of insecticide.
According to the city, the following areas will be sprayed Friday night:
Control Area; South Dallas: The area to be sprayed is within an area bounded by South 2nd Avenue, Hatcher Street, S. M. Wright Freeway and Pennsylvania Avenue.
Control Area; Southeast Dallas: The area to be sprayed is within an area bounded on the north by Elam Road, on the west by Prairie Creek Road, bounded by C F Hawn on the south and Acres Drive and Haymarket Road on the east. All spraying is to be conducted within the city limits of Dallas only.
Control Area; North Dallas: The area to be sprayed is within an area bounded on the north by LBJ Freeway, on the west by Dallas North Tollway, bounded by Forest Lane on the south and Hughes Lane on the east.
Most recently, the city sprayed for mosquitoes near Love Field on Monday night.
The insecticide is considered safe, but officials recommend people and pets stay indoors while the spraying is under way.
Most people bitten by a West Nile virus infected mosquito will not show any symptoms. Should symptoms appear, they are fever, headache, nausea, body aches, swollen lymph nodes, and skin rashes. Less than 1 percent of those infected with West Nile virus will experience the serious form of the illness; serious symptoms include high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, disorientation, tremors or convulsions, vision loss, muscle weakness, and numbness or paralysis.
Residents to take the proper precautions to reduce their risk of getting the mosquito-borne West Nile virus by remembering the four D’s: drain, dress, DEET and dusk/dawn.
- Drain standing water around their homes to reduce mosquito breeding grounds.
- Dress in pants and long sleeves when outside, but avoid becoming too hot.
- Apply an insect repellent that contains DEET to exposed skin and to clothing when outdoors.
- Stay indoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.