West Nile Virus Confirmed in Grand Prairie, Spraying to be Done This Week

Spraying to take place Thursday, Friday

Grand Prairie will spray for mosquitoes this week after a mosquito tested positive for West Nile virus.

The positive test is the first for Grand Prairie this season. Positive mosquito tests have also been returned in Arlington and Lewisville.

So far there have been no confirmed human cases of West Nile virus reported in North Texas this year.

Ground spraying will be done on consecutive nights beginning Thursday at 9 p.m.

"The spray area is bound by Dickey Road on the north, SW 3rd Street on the east, Freetown Road on the south, and Robinson Road on the west," the city said in a news release.

It's recommended residents stay indoors, keep pets inside and cover fish ponds while spraying is under way. Spraying will be rescheduled due to rain or high winds.

How to Protect Yourself From Mosquito Bites
  • Dress in long sleeves, pants when outside: For extra protection, spray thin clothing with repellent.
  • DEET: Make sure this ingredient is in your insect repellent.
  • Drain standing water in your yard and neighborhood: Mosquitoes can develop in any water stagnant for more than three days.

It has been recommended in the past that to avoid mosquito bites you should avoid being outdoors during Dusk and Dawn (the 4 Ds). While this is true for mosquitoes that commonly carry the West Nile virus, other types of mosquitoes that are more likely to carry Zika, dengue and chikungunya are active during the day. When outdoors, no matter what time of day, adjust your dress accordingly and wear insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus as your first line of defense against insect bites.

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