Frisco to spray for mosquitoes after two more pools test positive for West Nile virus

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Frisco confirmed the 17th and 18th mosquito pools of the season that had tested positive for West Nile virus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Frisco confirmed the 17th and 18th mosquito pools of the season that had tested positive for West Nile virus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The city of Frisco will have a contractor spray for mosquitoes this weekend in a northeast neighborhood and near downtown after two pools tested positive for West Nile virus.

The first area is in the Villages of Stonelake Estates, which is near the southwest corner of Eldorado Parkway and Custer Road, according to a city news release.



The second area, according to the city, is south of Main Street and east of Fifth Street/Parkwood Boulevard. Spraying will include The Rail District and the neighborhoods of Hickory Springs, Oakbrook Park Estates, Woodstream Hills, Hickory Hills and Stonebrook.



These two positive tests represent the 17th and 18th positive tests in mosquito pools since May 1. No human cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Frisco, according to the city.

Spraying begins at 9 p.m. Oct 10 and continues through 5 a.m. Oct. 11 and again from 9 p.m. Oct. 11 through 5 a.m. Oct. 12.

Precautions from the city and the Texas Department of State Health Services to reduce the risk of West Nile virus include the following.

  • Use approved insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus every time you go outside.

  • Drain standing water that collects in bird baths, French drains, clogged gutters, saucers under potted plants and “splash blocks” at the end of gutter down-spouts.

  • Wear long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk.

  • Use air conditioning, and make sure doors and windows have intact screens.


Additional information about Frisco's Mosquito Surveillance and Response Plan is available at www.friscotexas.gov/mosquitoes.
By Valerie Wigglesworth
Valerie has been a journalist for more than 30 years. She is currently managing editor for DFW Metro for Community Impact Newspaper.