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Aerial Mosquito Spraying Could be Interrupted Tuesday

Amount accomplished so far, approaching deadline and weather are all factors



    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012)

    Aerial spraying for mosquitoes, the source of the West Nile virus epidemic in Dallas County, could be temporarily suspended Tuesday night.  If this is the case, spraying would resume Wednesday, according to the company doing the work.

    Overnight Monday into Tuesday, five airplanes were able to cover an area of roughly 360,000 acres.  All of that insecticide sprayed accounted for a second round of spraying in the participating cities, according to Laura McGowan of Clarke Mosquito Control.

    Areas south of Interstate 30 that haven't previously been treated have until 2 p.m. Tuesday to inform the county and Clarke of their intention to spray.  If they meet that deadline they could be included in a round of spraying Tuesday, McGowan told NBC 5.

    There is the potential for weather to interrupt any spraying Tuesday night.  Rain is in the forecast, and the company has said it cannot spray if it is actively raining. 

    Since the aerial spraying began last Thursday, Saturday was the only night that rain completely wiped out any chance of spraying.

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