Multiple mosquito control sprayings are scheduled for Aug. 21 and Aug. 22 after mosquito pools tested positive for West Nile Virus in ZIP codes 75231, 75238 and 75243.
These positive pools make up three out of four Lake Highlands area ZIP codes and four out of nine total mosquito pools across Dallas County that tested positive for the virus Aug. 20.
The sprayings, weather permitting, are planned between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. each night in these four areas, two of which are in the same ZIP code:
- ZIP code 75231: Spraying will take place on the 7100 block of Winedale Drive with boundaries from Church Road on the north, Fair Oaks Avenue on the west, Skillman Street on the east, and Hyde Park Drive on the south.
- ZIP code 75238: Spraying will take place on the 7700 block of Eagle Trail with boundaries from Clearhurst Drive on the north, Larmanda Street on the west, Shoreview Road on the east, and Northwest Highway on the south.
- ZIP code 75238: Spraying will take place on the 9000 block of Rolling Rock Lane with boundaries from Wallbrook Drive on the north, Lynnbrook Drive on the west, Pandora Drive on the east, and Northwest Highway on the south.
- ZIP code 75243: Spraying will take place on the 11900 block of Woodbridge Drive with boundaries from Shadow Way on the north, Oakshire Place on the west, Black Walnut Drive on the east, and Summertree Lane on the south.
Residents are encouraged to avoid contact with the spray by staying indoors, the city of Dallas shared. Those who may be on the road or inside of a vehicle when the spraying happens should not follow the trucks and should stay in their vehicles with the windows up and the air conditioner on until the trucks pass through, and the spray is no longer visible.
If a neighbor comes into contact with the spray, the city advises that they should wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water.
The spray breaks down quickly in the presence of sunlight and has no residual effect, according to the city of Dallas’ code compliance and consumer health team.
A general outline of the area being sprayed can be seen on the maps below:
Reports of these mosquito pools testing positive for West Nile Virus come on Aug. 20, which is recognized as World Mosquito Day. The insects cause more death and disease than any other animal on the planet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Six human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in 2021 as of Aug. 14, as well as one death. In that time, 161 mosquito pools have tested positive for the virus.
Learn more about how to avoid mosquito bites and West Nile Virus here.