Plano Fights West Nile Virus

Plano has also been fighting West Nile Virus by spraying insecticide in key locations. An article from the Plano Star Courier commented,

“On Wednesday, officials from Plano Environmental Quality (PEQ) sprayed targeted locations of the city where they say city-sanctioned mosquito traps tested positive for the West Nile virus.

According to a press release, this deployment of insecticide in two PEQ areas that are broken down as follows:

Site 2

North – Erwin Drive

South – Hillridge Drive

East – Valencia Drive

West – Sherrye Drive

 

Site 5

North – Panther Ridge Lane

South – Ridgetop Lane

East – Hallsey Lane / Walnut Ridge Lane

West – East Parker Road / Los Rios Boulevard”

The City Plano, in a Facebook post, posted map images of the areas to be sprayed. The red highlights on the maps are the locations where Adulticide has been sprayed. Notably, the sites are shown to be near creeks and parks where mosquitoes breed and thrive.

Efforts to contain and reduce the West Nile Virus will not just be limited to spraying insecticides. A Dallas Morning News article from September 1 noted, 

“The city’s environmental quality team is also surveying the areas to determine if other preventative measures might be put into place. Those may include eliminating stagnant water, mowing tall weeds and maintaining densely vegetated areas.” 

While the Plano Environmental Quality officials will do their best to neutralize the virus, citizens likewise were advised that they can defend themselves. A Community Impact article from September 9 reports,

“According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, remembering the “Four Ds” are important to defend against West Nile virus.

 

  • Dusk and dawn are the times of day to stay indoors. This is when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Dress in long sleeves and pants when outside for extra protection.
  • DEET is an important ingredient to have in insect repellent.
  • Drain standing water near homes, as these can be mosquito-breeding sites.”

If you live in the areas near where spraying is happening, it’s advisable to keep children and pets indoors.

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