Mosquito pool near Frisco's Hickory Creek tests positive for West Nile virus

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Frisco confirmed that a ninth mosquito pool near Hickory Creek had tested positive for West Nile virus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Frisco confirmed that a ninth mosquito pool near Hickory Creek had tested positive for West Nile virus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Frisco announced Aug. 21 that a ninth mosquito pool in the city had tested positive for West Nile virus.

This pool was located near Hickory Creek, which is near the intersection of Hickory Street and Preston Road. In a news release announcing the positive test, city officials said they would be increasing surveillance efforts and treating areas south of Main Street and north of Stonebook Parkway between Parkwood Boulevard and Tomlin Drive with larvicide.

As we enjoy these cooler mornings, it’s important to follow the 4Ds to help protect yourself, loved ones and neighbors,” Environmental Health Supervisor Julie Fernandez said in a statement.



The city shared a list of those "4Ds," which are 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.

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 Cottonwood Creek Greenbelt area was the location of the second positive test reported on June 5. Frisco then sprayed for mosquitoes in that area July 11-12, July 25-26, Aug. 1-2 and Aug. 8-10 after the fourth through seventh mosquito pools tested positive for West Nile virus in the city.

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.

Frisco's eighth positive pool was announced Aug. 14 near Copper Point Lane in the Village Lakes neighborhood on the city's west side.

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

To Frisco's east, McKinney announced Aug. 20 it plans to spray a portion of the city's west side for mosquitoes Aug. 22 after a mosquito pool tested positive for West Nile virus. A McKinney city press release stated the spray area will generally be a one-mile radius that is south of Virginia Parkway, east of Coit Road, north of Sexton Drive and west of Memory Lane.
By William C. Wadsack
William C. Wadsack is the senior reporter for the Plano and Richardson editions 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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