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Denton County to Begin Aerial Spraying on Thursday

Spraying to occur Thursday, Friday nights



    Denton County Prepares for Aerial Spraying

    Denton County is preparing for aerial spraying while some farmers worry the process might kill helpful insects. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012)

    Denton County will begin its aerial attack on mosquitoes Thursday night.

    The spraying to combat West Nile virus will take place Thursday and Friday nights from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

    The county heard from nearly all of its 44 municipalities by Tuesday afternoon. The majority of them are opting for aerial spraying.

    The towns and cities that will be included in the aerial spraying are: Aubrey, Copper Canyon, Corral City, Crossroads, Dish, Double Oak, Flower Mound, Hackberry, Hickory Creek, Justin, Krugerville, Krum, Lake Dallas, Lakewood Village, Lewisville, Lincoln Park, Northlake, Oak Point, Pilot Point, Ponder, Providence Village, Sanger, Shady Shores, Southlake, Trophy Club and Westlake.

    On Tuesday night, Roanoke also voted to participate in the spraying.

    Denton County towns and cities that declined aerial spraying are: Argyle, Bartonville, Carrollton, Coppell, Dallas, Denton, Fort Worth, Frisco, Haslet, Hebron, Plano and The Colony.

    Denton County Judge Mary Horn expressed concern about the city of Denton's decision to opt out of aerial spraying.

    "My own personal feeling is they should have opted in," she said. "We are getting all kinds of calls from individuals that say, 'Well, ground spraying is great when it goes down the street, but it only gets my front yard, not my backyard.' There are some people that are very concerned about it. Maybe they will reconsider, maybe not. Hopefully, the ground spraying that they've done is enough to take care of the issue. I certainly hope so."

    The county said bad weather could change its spray plans and encouraged residents to stay indoors during the aerial spraying.

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