McKinney to spray for second confirmed case of West Nile virus Wednesday, Sept. 26

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The city of McKinney will conduct two additional mosquito sprays following a second confirmed mosquito pool carrying West Nile virus in the area.

Both sprays will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 26 starting at 10 p.m. One spray will take place within a roughly one-mile radius around Falcon Creek Park, 201 Peregrine Dr., and the other will be within a one-mile radius of E.L. Tinker Taylor Memorial Park, 4269 W. Eldorado Parkway.

This is the second confirmation of the West Nile virus in McKinney, with the first spray taking place Sept. 13 at CT Eddins Elementary School, 301 Peregrine Drive.

“The spray will only kill adult mosquitoes that it comes into contact with,” Health Compliance Supervisor Richard Milam said in a previous email. “The virus is carried in the bird population and the mosquitoes are vectors between birds and humans.”

According to a city news release, residents within the spray area are advised to stay inside and bring their pets and animal food and water bowls inside. Residents that do not want their homes sprayed should contact the McKinney Health Compliance at 972-547-7447 by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Signs indicating spray activity will be posted at major intersections near spray areas.

Residents should avoid exposure by wearing mosquito repellent that’s effective against West Nile Virus-carrying mosquitos, such as DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus and IR3535; avoid being outdoors during peak mosquito feeding time from dusk until dawn; wear long sleeve shirts and pants to avoid being bit; and remove standing water on your property to minimize mosquito breeding, according to the release.

Find more information on McKinney’s mosquito control process here.

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Emily Davis
Emily graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in multi-platform journalism and a minor in criminal justice in Spring 2018. During her studies, Emily worked as an editor and reporter at The Houstonian, SHSU's local newspaper. Upon graduation, she began an editorial internship at Community Impact Newspaper in DFW, where she was then hired as Community Impact's first McKinney reporter in August. Three fun facts about Emily: 1.) She is a lover of mystery novels, movies, TV shows and podcasts. 2.) She has an 11-year-old, 3-pound Pomeranian. 3.) She loves lacrosse, and was captain and then coach of her high school team.
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