The City of Highland Village on Thursday received the first positive test of mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus in one of their traps.
The city will conduct spraying operations in the affected neighborhoods for three consecutive nights, on August 2, 3 and 4. Spraying will begin after 10:00 p.m. and conclude before 4 a.m. on all three dates.
The areas to be sprayed include areas south of Highland Village Road at Sellmeyer Lane to Meadow Crest Drive. Streets included in this spray event are Sellmeyer Lane, Lake Vista West, Lake Vista North, Lake Vista East, Lake Vista South, Greenbriar Lane, Tanglewood Lane, Meadowlark Lane, Highland Knoll, Bluff Circle, Trails End, Windy Court, apportion of Brazos Boulevard, Mosswood Drive, Copperas Trail, Willow Way, Sleepy Hollow, Sandy Hook, a portion of Doubletree Drive, Highland Hills Lane, Pebble Knoll, Perro Place, Cuero Place, a portion of Medina Drive, Arbor Court, Savanna Drive, Highland Meadows Road, Meadow Crest Drive, Park Place and Park Lane.
The City will notify these neighborhoods with community signs and a phone call on August 1 from the Connect CTY system. Residents living in the areas to be sprayed are advised to minimize exposure when possible. If residents are outside or in a vehicle during this time, be alert for the spraying truck and maintain your distance. The following precautionary steps are also advisable:
· If possible, stay indoors during spray events
· If the spray contacts skin or eyes, wash skin with soap and water, and rinse eyes with water or saline solution
· Cover fish ponds and bring pets indoors
· Close windows
· Wash outside toys, play equipment, and furniture with soap and water prior to use
· Wash exposed fruits and vegetables before eating
There are no special precautions or waiting periods recommended for swimming pools. City staff will continue to conduct additional inspections and monitor the area after treatment. Highland Village uses integrated pest control methods for mosquito concerns including trapping and testing, inspections of the city for high populations, larvicidal treatment of any potential mosquito breeding areas, and increased educational efforts. The insecticide used in spraying is applied at ultra-low levels, breaks down quickly, and does not leave a toxic residue. For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 972-899-5091.