Tuesday, September 28, 2021

FM, HV officials warn of additional traps showing West Nile virus

Both Flower Mound and Highland Village officials report additional mosquito samples positive for West Nile Virus.

The Town of Flower Mound Environmental Health Services Division confirmed a positive mosquito sample in the 2600 block of College Parkway – the third positive mosquito sample found in the town this year.

In Highland Village, positive tests were found in five traps around the city.

Spraying in Flower Mound will cover a one-half square-mile radius surrounding the College Parkway area between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday of next week.

In Highland Village, spraying will begin from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday through Sunday. The areas to be sprayed include:

* 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 east section of Highland Village south and east of Highland Village Road to FM
407, east to Doubletree Drive, Willow Way and Sellmeyer Lane including Park

* North of FM 407, west to Chinn Chapel Road, north to the Rosedale and Hillside and east to Briarhill Boulevard.

Highland Village staff will also fog culvert pipes, drainage swales and public wooded areas in the affected neighborhoods.

Residents in both communities are advised to minimize exposure to the spray when possible. Other precautionary steps include:
* 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

Officials remind residents to take precautions to reduce their risk of getting the mosquito-borne West Nile virus by doing the following:

* Drain standing water around their homes to reduce mosquito hatching grounds.

* Dress in pants and long sleeves when outside in mosquito-infested areas, but avoid becoming too hot.

* Apply an insect repellent that contains DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) to exposed skin and to clothing when outdoors.

* Stay indoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.

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