Frisco to spray for mosquitoes after sixth pool tests positive for West Nile virus

Frisco confirmed on July 31 that a sixth mosquito pool in the city had tested positive for West Nile virus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Frisco confirmed on July 31 that a sixth mosquito pool in the city had tested positive for West Nile virus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Frisco confirmed on July 31 that a sixth mosquito pool in the city had tested positive for West Nile virus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Frisco plans to spray for mosquitoes Aug. 1-2 near Cottonwood Creek Greenbelt after a sixth local mosquito pool tested positive for West Nile virus.

A third-party contractor will use a utility task vehicle to spray the areas around Cottonwood Creek Greenbelt, which is two miles of trails and wetlands east of Teel Parkway and north of Main Street. The treatment is slated to begin at 9 p.m. Aug. 1 and continue until 5 a.m. Aug. 2. The spraying will then repeat for the same hours that evening and into the morning of Aug. 3.



The city previously sprayed for mosquitoes around the Cottonwood Creek Greenbelt area July 11-12 and July 25-26 after the fourth and fifth mosquito pools tested positive for West Nile virus in the city. That area was also the location of the second positive test reported on June 5.

Frisco began testing for mosquitoes May 1 and confirmed the first positive test of a mosquito pool near Oakbrook Park along Hickory Street on May 29. The third positive test was confirmed June 22, when city officials said they would be increasing surveillance efforts and treating areas near Whitefish Lake Drive and the Plantation Springs neighborhood. Plantation Springs is located south of Lebanon Road and north of the Sam Rayburn Tollway on Frisco's east side.


The city also shared four precautions for West Nile virus promoted by the Texas Department of State Health Services:

• 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 William C. Wadsack
William C. Wadsack is editor of the Frisco edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana before joining Community Impact Newspaper in 2019.


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