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Flower Mound to spray for mosquitoes after trap tests positive for WNV

The town of Flower Mound will spray for mosquitoes this week after three traps tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Image courtesy of the town of Flower Mound

The town’s Environmental Health Services Division has confirmed a mosquito sample collected in the 1900 block of Doubletree Trail tested positive for West Nile, the town announced Tuesday evening. This is the fourth positive mosquito sample found in the town this year, the first since July.

The town scheduled spraying operations in the specified areas, within about a half-square-mile, on Wednesday and Thursday, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., weather permitting.

Residents are advised to minimize exposure and take the following precautionary steps:

  • If possible, stay indoors during spraying events.
  • If you’re outside or in a vehicle at the time, stay alert for the spraying truck and maintain a safe distance.
  • If the spray should contact your skin or eyes, wash skin with soap and water, and rinse eyes with water or a saline solution.
  • Close windows and doors to your home.
  • Wash exposed fruits and vegetables before eating.

There are no special precautions or waiting period recommendations for swimming pools regarding ground spraying, according to the town news release. 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. It will not harm outside pets.

For more information, call 972-874-6340 or visit www.flower-mound.com/mosquitoes.

Mark Smith
Mark Smith
Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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