DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – In an effort to curtail last year’s record breaking West Nile season, Dallas County Health and Human Services is taking a more proactive approach in prevention of the deadly disease.READ MORE: Anna Police Investigating Crash That Killed 22-Year-Old Man
The DCHHS has requested that the city conduct targeted ground spraying operations in specific locations where recent trapping has identified significant increases in the number of mosquitoes, which carry the West Nile Virus.
Targeted ground spraying in Dallas neighborhoods will start at 10 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, June 17-18.
The city will also spray sites where mosquito counts show potential significant increases and are being targeted to identify and treat any breeding sources.
At the end of April, Dallas started its aggressive plan to fight the virus that sickened hundreds and caught the city off guard last year.READ MORE: Texas Joins Oklahoma's Effort To Overturn McGirt
This year the city is increasing efforts to stop the virus by using three times as many mosquito traps, paying extra for lab results to be returned faster, and by adding an additional pesticide spraying truck.
The City of Dallas said it will also be responding to calls of standing water within 24 hours. In 2012, such complaints were responded to within 10 days.
The city is managing an educational campaign with public service announcements, signs, billboards, and brochures advising residents to be aware of the dangers of standing water. Neighborhood signs were posted over the weekend to notify the public that the city was going to spray for West Nile.
At the end of April, Dallas started its aggressive plan to fight the virus that sickened hundreds and caught the city off guard last year.
Leaders from Dallas, Tarrant, Collin and Denton counties are collaborating for the first time to share strategies and collaborate efforts to fight the disease.MORE NEWS: 2 Killed, 5 Injured After Drag Racer Slams Into Spectators An Texas Airport
Health officials are urging North Texans to remember the five D’s when it comes to controlling the presence of mosquitoes.
- DRAIN—all areas of standing water including changing water in wading pools, birdbaths, and cleaning out gutters;
- DEET—Use bug spray and protect clothing with repellents containing permethrin or DEET;
- DRESS—Dress in light- colored clothing with long sleeves and wear long pants;
- DUSK/DAWN—Limit outdoor exposure at dusk and dawn;
- DOORS—Keep door and window screens in good repair
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