Mesquite, TX – July 31, 2020 – The City of Mesquite has received ten positive West Nile-Virus reports from Dallas County Mosquito Lab in the following zip codes: six in 75149, three in 75181 and one in 75150. Spraying will start tonight at 10 p.m. in the neighborhoods on both sides of Pioneer Road, starting near the intersection of Pioneer Road and Cartwright Road, in Creek Crossing near Mesquite Valley and Clay Mathis Road, in the Tealwood addition and Valley Creek Park area, in the neighborhood around Galloway Elementary and Rollingwood Hills, in Northridge from Grubb Drive to U.S. 80, from Rodeo Center Boulevard to Peachtree Road and in Edgemont Park. Attached are the maps of the spray areas.
Two sprays of the area should be completed by Monday night, weather permitting. Spraying begins after 10 p.m. and ends no later than 5:30 a.m. Spraying will be from residential streets not including divided roadways.
Prevention is the best defense against the West Nile virus. Mesquite residents are reminded to enjoy the outdoors, and remember the four D’s:
- Dusk and dawn are the times of day you should try to stay indoors. This is when infected mosquitoes are most active.
- Dress in long sleeves and pants when you’re outside. For extra protection, you may want to spray thin clothing with repellent.
- DEET is an ingredient to look for in your insect repellent. Follow label instructions, and always wear repellent when outdoors.
- Drain standing water in your yard and neighborhood where mosquitoes can breed. This includes old tires, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, etc. Mosquitoes may develop in any water stagnant for more than three or four days.
Get more tips on mosquito control and protection from the City’s Mosquito Brochure. For more information visit www.cityofmesquite.com/mosquitocontrol or call the City of Mesquite’s Health Division at 972-216-8138.