DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – “Kill ‘em all!” chuckles Ross Lind, with no sympathy for the mosquitoes of Dallas. He’s ecstatic to hear city crews are ready to start spraying for them near his neighborhood.

Lind still struggles with low energy, after a doctor two years ago diagnosed him with the West Nile Virus. “‘The bad news is there’s nothing we can do for you. I don’t want to scare you, but a number of cases have come through here and not everyone has lived,’ he recalled doctors saying. “Boy, I got really scared.”

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So far this year, there have been no human West Nile cases in Dallas County

Only four mosquito traps have tested positive. None within the city of Dallas. But, the city is starting to spray anyway.

“We’re doing it as a preemptive measure to try to make sure we don’t quote unquote lose the ground,” said Code Compliance Director Jimmy Martin.

According to Martin, the population of culex mosquitoes, the type that carries West Nile, has spiked. During one week in May, the county caught an average of 1 per trap. By mid-June that number was up to almost 15.

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City of Dallas officials say they will spray areas where it’s consistently seen high numbers. The West Nile season is still early, and city doesn’t want to give the virus an opportunity to spread.

“I wouldn’t want anyone in my neighborhood hurt with this. This is a terrible debilitating disease,” said Lind.

The following locations will be sprayed tonight between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

10100 block Cromwell
ZIP CODE – 75229
Generally bounded by Merrell Road on the north, Webb Chapel Road on the west, Marsh Lane on the east and Walnut Hill Lane on the south

2900 block of Sundial
ZIP CODE – 75229
Generally bounded by Northaven Road on the north, Indian Trail on the west, Caraway Drive on the east and Dothan Lane on the south

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11400 block of Park Central
ZIP CODE – 75230
Generally bounded by Malabar Lane on the north, Hill Haven Drive on the west, Coit Road on the east and Northaven Road on the south

6100 block of Royal Crest  
ZIP CODE – 75230
Generally bounded by Meadow Crest Drive on the north, Preston Road on the west, Ricks Circle on the east and Azalea Lane on the south

6900 block of Church Hill Way
ZIP CODE – 75230
Generally bounded by Helsem Way on the north, Archdale Drive on the west, Breckenridge Drive on the east and Forest Glen Drive on the south

7000 block Valley View
ZIP CODE – 75240
Generally bounded by Kendallwood Drive on the north, Hillcrest Road on the west, Thistle Lane on the east and I-635 (LBJ Freeway) on the south

While the insecticide is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency for treatment, residents in the above areas should avoid contact with the spray by staying indoors.  Persons inside a vehicle while trucks are actively spraying should remain in their vehicles with the windows up and the air conditioner on, until the trucks pass and the spray is no longer visible.

Persons out during the scheduled spraying time should be alert for trucks and should not follow them. Residents who come in contact with the spray are advised to wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water. The spray breaks down quickly in the presence of sunlight and has no residual effect.

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