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Year's first mosquito spraying set for Flower Mound

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The Town of Flower Mound plans to begin ground spraying for mosquitoes next week after one of its traps tested positive for West West Nile virus.

The town’s environmental health services department confirmed mosquito samples collected in the 2500 block of Waketon west of Marcus High School tested positive for the West Nile virus. This is the first positive sample of mosquitoes in the town this year.

Flower Mound has scheduled spraying operations in the approximate one-half square-mile radius surrounding the specified area Tuesday through Thursday, May 7 through 9, between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Spraying operations may be rescheduled if weather conditions are not suitable.

Residents in the affected neighborhoods will be notified by the community notification call system and community signs placed at  major intersections within the spraying area. Residents are advised to minimize exposure when possible.

The following precautionary steps are also advisable:

•    Stay indoors during spraying events if possible
•    If outside or in a vehicle during this time, be alert for the spraying truck and maintain a safe distance
•    If the spray should contact skin or eyes, wash skin with soap and water, and rinse eyes with water or saline solution
•    Close windows
•    Wash exposed fruits and vegetables before eating

There are no special precautions or waiting period recommendations for swimming pools regarding ground spraying.

Town staff will continue to conduct additional inspections and monitor the area after treatment.

The insecticide used in spraying is applied at ultra-low levels, breaks down quickly, and does not leave a toxic residue, officials said.

Flower Mound Environmental Services responds to all mosquito concerns with  an inspection of the area, larvicidal treatment of any potential mosquito breeding areas, and increased efforts to  eliminate  areas  of  standing water. 

For more information, contact Flower Mound Environmental Services at 972.874.6340 or visit www.flower-mound.com/mosquitoes.

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