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    Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins says the planes for aerial pesticide spraying should be ready to go Friday night. (Published Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012)

    Cities across North Texas are increasing their mosquito-spraying programs in order to combat the spread of West Nile virus.

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    Fort Worth has decided to have targeted ground spraying in one zip code of the city, according to city spokesman Bill Begly.

    City hall sources say the 76104 and 76110 zip codes will be targeted because of large numbers of trapped mosquitoes that test positive for the virus. The city will spray in that area over three days, Friday through Sunday.

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    It is the first spraying in Fort Worth in 20 years.

    Dallas County Spraying

    Garland, Mesquite, University Park and Highland Park have approved aerial spraying after Dallas County officials recommended the process.

    Other cities in Dallas County are still deciding whether to conduct aerial spraying. They have until the end of Wednesday to decide.

    Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said the planes would be ready to go Friday night.

    Mesquite said it would use aerial spraying in areas north of Interstate 30. Areas south of I-30 would continue to see ground spraying.

    Areas of North Dallas had scheduled ground spraying by truck on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights beginning at 10 p.m., weather permitting.

    • Control Area, North Dallas: The area to be sprayed is within an area bounded on the north by Royal Lane, on the west by Preston Road, on the south by Northwest Highway and on the east by Central Expressway.
    • Control Area, North Dallas: The area to be sprayed is bounded on the north by Interstate 635, on the west by Central Expressway and Abrams Road, on the south by Royal and Walnut Hill lanes and on the east by Plano Road.
    • Control Area, North Dallas: The area to be sprayed is within an area bounded on the north by Walling Lane; on the west by Abrams Road, Skillman Street and Greenville Avenue; on the south by Prospect Avenue; and on the east by Abrams Road, Mockingbird Lane and Lawther Road. Dallas Area Rapid Transit rail on the north and west; Graham Avenue on the south; and East Grand Avenue on the east.

    Ground spraying will take place in Richardson between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 4:30 a.m. between West Belt Line Road, south to West Spring Valley Road, Coit Road east to Central Expressway.

    Between Monday and Wednesday, the entire city of Highland Park will be sprayed by ground beginning at about 10 p.m., weather permitting.

    Collin County Spraying

    McKinney said it would use ground spraying to combat the mosquito population.

    Weather permitting, the spraying would be conducted between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

    The spray area is generally in an area south of U.S. 380, west of Airport Road, north of Industrial Boulevard and east of College Drive. Signs will be posted at major intersections to notify residents of spraying activity.

    NBC 5's Amanda Guerra contributed to this report.


    Additional information on locations for mosquito spraying, the number of human cases and other information can be found here: West Nile County by County.

    Frequently asked questions about West Nile virus, mosquito control and spraying and other information can be found here: West Nile FAQs.

    Complete coverage of the West Nile virus outbreak in North Texas can be found here: West Nile Virus Complete Coverage


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