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Second Flower Mound Mosquito Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

Mosquito was trapped on town's south side

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    For the second time this year, mosquito samples in Flower Mound have found insects infected with West Nile virus. Starting Wednesday night the town will stray for mosquitoes in hopes of eliminating the threat of West Nile virus. (Published Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013)

    Flower Mound will conduct its second round of mosquito spraying beginning Wednesday night after another trapped mosquito tested positive for West Nile virus.

    The mosquito, the second to test positive so far this year, was trapped in the 6600 block of Orchard Drive on the town's south side.

    Chuck Dumas, Flower Mound environmental services manager, said the town regularly traps mosquitoes, including three to nine traps per week.

    "We really hope that it doesn't turn out like it did last year; especially the loss of human life," he said.

    Flower Mound will spray Wednesday through Friday nights at 10 p.m. through 6 a.m. The ground spraying will be conducted from the Couer Du Lac neighborhood south and west to the lake.

    Town leaders hope the spraying will eliminate any other positive mosquitoes in that area.

    Neighbors said they were notified about the spraying Monday night by phone and email.

    "That's a little scary," said Angela Paris, a mother of two. "It's scary, but I'm glad to know they have traps and they're doing things to take precautions."

    Paris, who has been in the neighborhood for about 20 years, said mosquitoes are always biting day and night in the area, which is so close to the lake and in such a wooded area. But this year, they seem to be particularly thick, she said.

    "Every time he gets a mosquito bite, he's like, 'Mom is it West Nile?' and I'm like, 'Not every mosquito has West Nile,'" she said about her son.

    Town leaders are reminding people to take precautions against West Nile virus, such as wearing long sleeves and using bug spray with DEET. But the town especially urges residents to drain any standing water on their property.

    Flower Mound and Denton County's largest cities -- Denton, Lewisville and Carrollton -- have ordinances in effect that require citizens to remove and nuisance stagnant water from their property. Not doing so can result in a fine.

    Several Denton County cities said their code enforcement officials will emphasize education and fixing problems rather than issuing fines.


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