True Value’s Gecko Hardware in Lake Highlands sells green products, including MosquitoDunks, regarded as a safer, more-surgical approach to killing mosquito larvae

True Value’s Gecko Hardware in Lake Highlands sells green products, including MosquitoDunks, regarded as a safer, more-surgical approach to killing mosquito larvae

Highland Meadows residents might consider heading in early tonight. The city found a mosquito pool that tested positive for the West Nile Virus in our neighborhood and will begin spraying the area from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. this evening and Friday night.

The area being treated is between Wallbrock Drive on the north, Plano Road on the west, Pandora Drive on the east and Northwest Highway to the south.

The product is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, however a city press release advises people stay indoors with windows securely shut. If you happen to see the spray while in your car, keep your windows up and the air conditioning on through the area. If you do come in direct contact with the spray, use soap and water to remove it.

West Nile Virus has been an issue in the neighborhood before. In 2013 and 2014, several residents in Lake Highlands came down with the disease after being bit by infected mosquitoes.

Dallas residents are urged to take precautions against mosquito bites by reducing outdoor activity during evening and nighttime hours. Residents who are outside during these times should cover their arms and legs and use a mosquito repellent.

Residents should eliminate standing water to prevent mosquito breeding and the spread of West Nile Virus, not to mention Zika virus. Breeding places for mosquitoes include swimming pools that are not kept clean, stagnant ponds, pet watering dishes, birdbaths, potted plants, old tires, empty containers, toys and clogged rain gutters and French drains. Standing water should be eliminated promptly, as mosquitoes can grow from egg to adult in as little as seven days.

To report standing water or mosquito problems call 3-1-1. For additional information on mosquito control, visit dallascitynews.net/fightthebite.