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

Frisco confirmed that a 10th mosquito pool near the Cottonwood Creek Greenbelt had tested positive for West Nile virus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Frisco confirmed that a 10th mosquito pool near the Cottonwood Creek Greenbelt had tested positive for West Nile virus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Frisco confirmed that a 10th mosquito pool near the Cottonwood Creek Greenbelt had tested positive for West Nile virus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Frisco plans to spray for mosquitoes Aug. 29-30 in five neighborhoods near Cottonwood Creek Greenbelt after a 10th mosquito pool this season 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 two days beginning Aug. 29. The neighborhoods to be sprayed include Shaddock Creek Estates, Country Club Ridge at the Trails, The Fairways, Heather Ridge Estates and The Trails of West Frisco.

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. 29 and continue until 5 a.m. Aug. 30. The spraying will then repeat for the same hours Aug. 30-31.



“Although not all mosquito species have the ability to transmit the disease, it just takes one bite from an infected mosquito to do so,” Environmental Health Supervisor Julie Fernandez said in a statement. “That is why it is important for people to drain any standing water around their homes to help ensure no potential breeding areas exist on their property.”


The city shared a list of 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. The Cottonwood Creek Greenbelt area was also 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.

The city 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.

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

The ninth positive test was reported Aug. 21 near Hickory Creek, which is near the intersection of Hickory Street and Preston Road.

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.