Thursday, August 16, 2012

Injunction expected to be filed against aerial spraying in Dallas - WFAA

by JANET ST. JAMES

WFAA

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Updated today at 1:54 PM

DALLAS - Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has confirmed an injunction has been filed with state attorneys in an attempt to stop aerial spraying against the West Nile virus in Dallas County.

Jenkins says he believes the injunction will not be granted due to the state of emergency declared for the area. He is meeting with lawyers to work towards making sure aerial spraying will continue as planned tonight.

Meanwhile, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden said they will close early at 5 p.m. because of tonight's spraying.

Spraying will take place in a 49,000 acre area of Highland Park, University Park and parts of North and East Dallas, the Center for Disease Control reported.

On Thursday, planes will spray pesticides over Dallas, Highland Park and University Park between 10 p.m. through around 1 a.m. Specific areas to be sprayed include area bounded by Interstate 635 to the north and east, the Dallas North Tollway to the west and Interstate 30 to the south.

In a yet-to-be-determined night to follow, South Dallas will be sprayed, as will Addison, Mesquite, Coppell, Carrollton, Richardson, Farmers Branch and Garland. Sachse and Irving opted out of aerial spraying.

To get West Nile aerial spraying alerts to your phone, text the word SPRAY to 48411. WFAA will update you with spraying schedule changes and start times.


In a statement released Thursday morning, the city issued precautions:

Aerial spraying is considered to be an effective and safe way to kill adult mosquitoes in large, densely populated areas. Although the pesticide is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, residents are advised to take the following precautions:

•    Minimize exposure. Avoid being outside, close windows and keep pets inside.
•    If skin or clothes are exposed, wash them with soap and water.
•    Rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables with water as a general precautionary measure.
•    Cover small ornamental fish ponds.
•    Because the chemical breaks down quickly in sunlight and water, no special precautions are suggested for outdoor swimming areas. 

Residents are also urged to reduce outdoor activity during evening and nighttime hours. When outside, cover arms and legs and use a mosquito repellent. Standing water should be eliminated promptly, as mosquitoes can grow from egg to adult in as little as seven days. Breeding places for mosquitoes include swimming pools that are not kept clean, stagnant ponds, pet watering dishes, birdbaths, potted plants, old tires, empty containers, toys and clogged rain gutters and French drains.


WFAA.com's Marjorie Owens contributed to this report

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