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Posted on: September 20, 2018

Mosquito Pool Tests 'Positive' for WNV; Frisco to Spray Saturday, Sunday Nights

(September 20, 2018) The City of Frisco will treat for mosquitoes after receiving confirmation one mosquito pool tested ‘positive’ for West Nile virus (WNV).

Beginning Saturday, September 22, a third-party contractor will drive the Frisco Lakes community, fogging for mosquitoes (see attached map).

Treatment will begin at 9 p.m. Saturday and continue through 6 a.m. Sunday, September 23. Spraying resumes Sunday night at 9 p.m. and continues through 6 a.m. Monday, September 24. This treatment plan is weather permitting.

Staff will continue to use larvicide to target areas of standing water in the neighborhood and work with the homeowners association to address the treatment of private property.

This confirmation is the second ‘positive’ pool received in Frisco so far this year. No human cases of the virus have been reported in the city.

The City of Frisco supports four precautionary habits promoted by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

  • Use approved insect repellents: Use repellent every time you go outside. Approved repellents contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Follow label instructions.
  • Drain standing water: Drain water that collects in bird baths, French drains, clogged gutters, saucers under potted plants and ‘splash blocks’ (at end of gutter down spout). The mosquitoes that carry WNV breed in stagnant water.
  • Wear long sleeves, pants at dawn and dusk (when mosquitoes are most active).
  • Use air conditioning: Make sure doors and windows are screened – and those screens are intact.

In accordance with its plan, Frisco began testing for mosquitoes May 1. Weekly testing will continue through the second week of November.

For more information on the city’s Mosquito Surveillance and Response Plan, visit Friscotexas.gov/Mosquitoes or contact the City of Frisco’s Health & Food Safety Division at 972-292-5304.

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