Update on Aerial Mosquito Spraying for Saturday

  • There is no aerial spraying scheduled for Saturday night due to weather;
  • Various areas throughout Dallas not treated on Thursday/Friday will be completed Sunday (see map);
  • A second, citywide aerial application begins Monday and may continue Tuesday.
  • All aerial spraying happens no earlier than 9 p.m. in Dallas.

Aerial Mosquito Spraying Update: Rest of Dallas Sprayed Tonight

Just received this update from City of Dallas staff:

The West Nile Virus spraying program continues:

  • The rest of the City that was not sprayed last night will be sprayed tonight
  • Last night’s spraying was cut short due to rain
  • Because rain is threatening once again tonight, operations will begin at 9:00 p.m.
  • If everything goes as planned, tonight’s spraying will complete the FIRST application for the WHOLE city
  • TWO applications will be required
  • The SECOND application will be conducted two days after the FIRST application to kill the adult mosquitoes missed on the first spray as well as those mosquitoes that hatch within the two days

Aerial Spraying Report for Thursday, August 16:

  • Two airplanes loaded with Duet pesticide initiated spraying at 10 p.m. Spraying was estimated to be completed by 2 a.m., but suspended at midnight due to inclement weather. Area scheduled but not sprayed is approximately 1/2 mile west of Jupiter Rd and Buckner Blvd east to the City Limit
  • Pre-spray mosquito traps were placed by Clarke Mosquito Control (State’s contractor), County and City. Samples were to be collected by noon on Friday and results will be assessed to determine need for follow-up applications.

Aerial Mosquito Spraying to Begin Tonight

Tonight, August 16 starting at 10 p.m., parts of Dallas will receive aerial mosquito spraying in response to the West Nile virus outbreak.   The mayor made this decision yesterday pursuant to his emergency powers, and the council did not vote on the matter.

The area to be sprayed tonight includes all of East Dallas north of I-30, Downtown, Uptown, Turtle Creek, the Park Cities, and Oak Lawn neighborhoods (see map, below).  During the aerial spraying, avoid being outside, close windows and consider keeping pets inside while spraying occurs.  Additional information can be found on the city’s website.  Please pass on this information to your neighbors.

For people concerned about exposure during aerial spraying, health officials suggest the following precautions:

  • Minimize exposure. Avoid being outside, close windows and consider keeping pets inside while spraying occurs.
  • If skin or clothes are exposed, wash them with soap and water.
  • Rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables with water as a general precautionary measure.
  • Cover small ornamental fish ponds.
  • Because the chemical breaks down quickly in sunlight and water, no special precautions are suggested for outdoor swimming areas.

The pesticide product is called Duet, which is labeled and approved by the EPA for use in outdoor and residential areas. The active ingredients are in the same chemical family as products currently being used for ground spraying in the Dallas area. The product will be applied at very low dosages – less than an ounce per acre – by small, twin- engine aircrafts flying at approximately 300 feet above ground overnight.

As always, the first line of defense to prevent infection of the West Nile Virus is to avoid getting bitten in the first place. We urge citizens to be proactive by employing the 4-Ds of personal prevention:

DEET – use insect repellents that contain DEET, or any other EPA approved insect repellent

DRESS – Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing outside during dusk and dawn hours.

DRAIN – Remove all areas of standing water. Change water in wading pools, pet dishes and birdbaths several times a week.

DUSK/DAWN – Protect yourself during dusk and dawn hours.

Map of Dallas’ Spraying for West Nile Virus

There have been two deaths from the West Nile virus so far in Dallas.  Here’s a map of the areas the City of Dallas has sprayed this year for West Nile (still working on the map).  I’ll keep this map updated.

The elderly are particularly susceptible.  Here are some prevention tips from the City of Dallas website:

How can I reduce my risk of getting West Nile Virus?
Preventing mosquito bites is the best way to avoid getting the West Nile Virus. Remember the Four Ds: Drain, Dusk/Dawn, Dress and DEET.

DRAIN standing water in your yard and neighborhood. Standing water can be found in swimming pools that are not kept clean, ponds, pet watering dishes, birdbaths, potted plants, old tires, empty containers, toys and clogged rain gutters.

DUSK/DAWN are the times of day you should stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active.

DRESS in long-sleeved shirts and wear pants when you are outside. Spray thin clothing with insect repellent.

DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) is an ingredient to look for in your insect repellent.

Call 311 Before Putting Out Storm Debris to Avoid Code Ticket

The Sanitation department and the Code Compliance department have declared an official storm damage collection for brush and bulk garbage. Through July 9, you can avoid a code citation if you call 311 ahead of time and let them know you plan to put out storm-related brush/debris earlier than your normal collection week. If you call ahead of time, you won’t be issued a citation. Be sure to get a “Service Request Number” from the 311 operator for confirmation.

From the Sanitation and Code Departments:

Residents may call to request permission to place their storm related brush/debris out earlier than their normal collection week. In order for them to NOT receive a citation from Code Compliance, they must call 311 and operators must use the Storm Brush Debris SR to refer these requests to the appropriate Sanitation collection district for action. Code Compliance officers should also be able to query on this SR type before they issue citations to anyone who may have set out items early. IF there is a Storm Brush Debris SR for the address, the compliance officers will NOT issue a citation.