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Small Towns Struggle With WNV Threat

Towns in Denton County have limited resources to fight mosquitoes



    Limited Resources Make West Nile Battle Difficult for Smaller Towns

    Small towns in North Texas have limited resources to deal with the West Nile virus threat. Unable to spray for mosquitoes those towns turn to citizens to help battle the mosquito population. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012)

    Small towns in Denton County that have limited resources to deal with the West Nile virus threat are asking residents to help combat the problem.

    Many towns, such as Argyle, Copper Canyon and Bartonville, are not spraying for mosquitoes.

    "We don't have the resources that the big town has," Bartonville Mayor Ron Robertson said. "We don't even own a truck in Bartonville or a sprayer to spray or an employee to drive it. It (West Nile virus) could happen here as easily as it could happen anywhere."

    Bartonville is handing out free mosquito dunks to residents and urging them to protect their own property.

    Joanne Pokladnik and Marilyn Moulder, who ride their horses in Copper Canyon, said concern about West Nile virus threatens their outdoor activities.

    "It's uncomfortable knowing they are out buzzing around all the time," Pokladnik said.

    Moulder said she wishes Copper Canyon would spray for mosquitoes.

    "Everybody would be protected," she said.

    But while town leaders are urging residents to arm themselves against mosquitoes, some residents said they are not concerned.

    Marvin Ellis, who lives in Copper Canyon, said spraying would be a waste of money.

    "If the folks in Highland Village have a problem and want to take care of it, bless 'em. But we don't need it," he said.

    The Denton County Health Department has confirmed 96 human cases of the virus and one death.

    The county is not spraying for mosquitoes at this time.

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