Mesquite, TX – October 19, 2020 – The City of Mesquite has received a positive West Nile-Virus report from Dallas County Mosquito Lab. Spraying will start tonight at 10 p.m. in the following neighborhood: North of Oates Drive between Gus Thomasson Road and IH 635 over to La Prada Drive and south of Oates Drive in the area around Florence Elementary and Recreation Center.
Two sprays of the area will be completed. Spraying begins after 10 p.m. and ends no later than 5:30 a.m.
Precautions should be taken if outside during the hours when mosquitos are active. 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.