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Aerial Spraying Thursday Cancelled


Denton County Now Scheduled to Spray Friday and Saturday Night

Providence Village, Texas (August 30, 2012) – Denton County has decided to cancel their aerial spraying efforts to mitigate against the West Nile Virus originally scheduled for Thursday night. The decision was based on the expected wind speed during the anticipated spraying times. For maximum effectiveness and accuracy, winds need to remain consistently below 10 m.p.h. Winds for this evening are expected to gust above 20 m.p.h. and remain above the threshold for much of the scheduled spraying time.
Denton County now anticipates that aerial spraying will occur on Friday, August 31 and Saturday, September 1. Spraying throughout Denton County will begin at 9:00 p.m. each evening and continue until 2:00 a.m. the following morning.

Maps of the target areas can be found at the Denton County Health Department West Nile Virus website at http://www.dentoncounty.com/heart/wnv/.

Cities Opting In for Aerial Spraying
Aubrey, Town of Copper Canyon, Corral City, Town of Crossroads, Town of Dish, Town of Double Oak, Town of Flower Mound, Hackberry, Haslet, Hickory Creek, Highland Village, Justin, Krugerville, Krum, Lake Dallas, Lakewood Village, Lewisville, Lincoln Park, Town of Northlake, Oak Point, Pilot Point, Ponder, Prosper (Denton County only), Providence Village, Roanoke, Sanger, Sandy Shores, Southlake, Town of Trophy Club, and Town of Westlake

Cities Previously Sprayed
Carrollton, Coppell, and Dallas

Cities Opting Out for Aerial Spraying
Argyle, Bartonville, Corinth, Denton, Fort Worth, Frisco, Hebron, Little Elm, Plano, and The Colony
All “opt in” cities will be included in the aerial spraying program. Additionally, unincorporated areas with population centers adjacent to “opt in” cities will also receive aerial spraying. Lastly, other unincorporated areas will be aerially sprayed based on multiple factors including population, current West Nile Virus (WNV) cases, and WNV positive mosquito pools.
According to a Denton County press release, aerial spraying is considered to be an effective and safe way to kill adult mosquitoes in large, densely populated areas. The pesticide is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency and is safe for humans and animals in the dosage being utilized. Individuals who wish to exercise an abundance of caution may choose to take the following measures to minimize exposure:
• Avoid being outside during spraying; close windows and keep pets inside;
• If skin or clothes are exposed, wash them with soap and water;
• Rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables with water as a general precautionary measure; and
• Cover small ornamental fish ponds.
Because the chemical breaks down quickly in sunlight and water, no special precautions are suggested for outdoor swimming areas.
Please visit the Denton County Health Department West Nile Virus website at www.dentoncounty.com/heart/wnv or call the West Nile Virus hotline at (940) 349-2907 for more details about symptoms, prevention tips, county-wide contacts, reducing mosquitoes around your home, and disease statistics.

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