Flower Mound, Highland Village spraying for West Nile virus

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Both Flower Mound and Highland Village are spraying in neighborhoods where positive samples of the West Nile virus have been found.

The City of Highland Village found four positive results from mosquito traps. Spraying will begin today through Sunday after 10 p.m, ending at 4 a.m. The city also will fog culvert pipes, drainage swales and public wooded areas in the affected neighborhoods.

The areas to be sprayed include in the northwest section of Highland Village from the city’s western border east to Creek Haven Drive, north to Kimberlee Lane and south to Southwood Drive. The second area to be sprayed is the east section of Highland Village south and east of Highland Village Road to FM 407, east to Sellmeyer Lane including Park Lane. The third area to be sprayed is north of FM 407, west to Chinn Chapel Road, north to Rosedale and Fernwood and east to Briarhill Boulevard.

City officials will notify residents with community signs and a phone call today from the Connect CTY system.

The Flower Mound Environmental Health Services Division has confirmed a second mosquito sample as positive for the West Nile virus.The sample was collected in the 3000 block of Birch Leaf Place, according to a news release.

Flower Mound officials have scheduled spraying operations in the approximate one-half square-mile radius surrounding the specified area between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Monday and Tuesday.

A mosquito sample in the 4100 block of Weldon Drive tested positive for the West Nile virus, prompting Flower Mound officials to schedule spraying operations earlier this week.

Officials from both communities offer the following precautionary steps:

• 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

No special precautions or waiting period recommendations for swimming pools regarding ground spraying have been issued. Additional inspections and monitoring of the area will continue.

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

For information, call the Flower Mound Environmental Services at 972-874-6340 or visit www.flower-mound.com/mosquitoes. In Highland Village, residents can call the public works department at 972-899-5091.

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