Omar Villafranca, NBC 5 News
Dallas County trucks will start ground spraying for mosquitoes in DeSoto after an abdundance of mosquitoes were found there.
Dallas County trucks will start ground spraying for mosquitoes in DeSoto after an abundance of mosquitoes were found there.
The areas to be sprayed are in the southern part of the city and on both sides of Ziegler Park. Spraying will begin at 10 p.m. Thursday night.
Health officials say a high amount of positive mosquitoes were caught, prompting the spray.
DeSoto had five human cases of West Nile virus last year. The city allowed ground spraying, but opted out of aerial spraying.
Parents in the neighborhoods that will be sprayed were surprised to hear about the spraying. Some said they are relieved it will happen because a pool and outdoor play area are in the neighborhood.
"There's a lot of kids in this neighborhood, especially in the evening time," said Michael Hicks, a parent in the Candle Meadows neighborhood. "Kids come out to this park and into the pool in this area."
For a map of the area that will be sprayed, click here.
Editor's Note: A previous version of this story stated that mosquitoes had tested positive for West Nile virus. Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Zachary Thompson says no mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile in tests done by the DCHHS lab. However, independent labs have found positive test results for West Nile virus in mosquitoes in other areas of Dallas County.