Kendra Lyn, NBC 5
Parts of DeSoto will have ground spraying to try to reduce the amount of mosquitoes in the area.
Help is on the way for two North Texas neighborhoods overrun with mosquitoes.
Spray trucks are heading out Thursday night in two Dallas County neighborhoods, even though no mosquitoes there have tested positive for the West Nile virus yet.
The trucks will target two areas in DeSoto, to the east and west of Ziegler Park.
Many neighbors will roll out the welcome mat for the preemptive strike, hoping the ground-spraying trucks will kill off some of the scores of mosquitoes before the West Nile virus becomes a problem.
“I think it’s fantastic. Last year, I felt a little neglected down here. DeSoto was concerned, but there wasn’t much hub-bub about it. This year, they’re on it. I’m happy about that,” says neighbor Summer Drew.
The Candle Meadows neighbor is relieved to see the County’s getting a jump start fighting the West Nile virus in her neighborhood.
Trucks are targeting two areas where a large concentration of mosquitoes have been trapped.
“Being proactive instead of having the government lag behind,” says Randy Drew.
Unlike this time last year, none of the insects have tested positive for the West Nile Virus in Dallas County at the Health and Human Service’s lab.
Health leaders hope thinning out the mosquito population will reduce the risk of the disease that can be debilitating or deadly.
“Afraid of it, I’m afraid of it, because I’m in that age-range, where we’re healthy, but take meds. If we get sick, be may be one of those people that suffers seriously from it,” says Summer Drew.
Last year, five people in DeSoto were infected by the West Nile virus.
Ground spraying will begin at 10 p.m. Thursday and last as long as it takes to cover the two neighborhoods.