Frisco to spray 5 neighborhoods after mosquito pool tests positive for West Nile virus

Frisco confirmed on Aug. 7 that a seventh mosquito pool in the city had tested positive for West Nile virus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Frisco confirmed on Aug. 7 that a seventh mosquito pool in the city had tested positive for West Nile virus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Frisco confirmed on Aug. 7 that a seventh mosquito pool in the city had tested positive for West Nile virus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Frisco plans to spray for mosquitoes Aug. 8-10 in five neighborhoods near Cottonwood Creek Greenbelt after a seventh mosquito pool tested positive for West Nile virus.

A third-party contractor will spray a designated area south of Eldorado Parkway and on both sides of Teel Parkway during evening and overnight hours for three days beginning Aug. 8. The neighborhoods to be sprayed include Shaddock Creek Estates, Country Club Ridge at the Trails, The Fairways, Heather Ridge Estates and The Trails. The Cottonwood Creek Greenbelt 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. 8 and continue until 5 a.m. Aug. 9. The spraying will then repeat for the same hours Aug. 9-10 and Aug. 10-11.



“While the city continues to increase surveillance and treat affected public areas, we can’t treat private property, so we need homeowner’s help,” Environmental Health Supervisor Julie Fernandez said in a statement. “Look for standing water outside your home. Be proactive to prevent mosquito breeding in your backyards. Water tends to pool in things like saucers under potted plants or bird baths.”


The city shared three recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that homeowners can do to help control mosquitoes indoors and outdoors:

• Use screens on windows and doors, and repair holes in screens to keep mosquitoes outdoors.

• Use air conditioning when available.

• Stop mosquitoes from laying eggs by emptying, turning over or throwing out any items that may hold water.

Frisco previously sprayed for mosquitoes around the Cottonwood Creek Greenbelt area July 11-12, July 25-26 and Aug. 1-2 after the fourth through sixth 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.

Additional information about Frisco's Mosquito Surveillance and Response Plan is available at www.friscotexas.gov/mosquitoes.
By William C. Wadsack

Editor, Plano

William joined Community Impact Newspaper in December 2019. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana.