Dallas County reports aerial spraying for mosquito control will begin at 10 p.m. this evening, Thursday, August 16, 2012, and will continue in the area until the early morning hours. The aerial spraying will include all areas within the Richardson city limits.
Yesterday, Mayor Bob Townsend sent a letter formally requesting Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins include Richardson in Dallas County’s aerial mosquito control program. The request comes at the recommendation of federal, state and local health officials who have identified an immediate public health threat in Dallas County due to the spread of the West Nile virus.
Dallas County is at the epicenter of an outbreak of the West Nile virus. The area accounts for nearly half of the human cases of West Nile virus in Texas, and nearly a quarter of all human cases currently recorded in the United States. The North Dallas County area, which includes parts of Richardson, holds approximately 76% of those cases.
Dallas County has declared a public health emergency. The declaration allows the county and state to request extra resources from federal agencies to combat the spread of the West Nile virus. Five planes have been requested, and will be ready to begin operations this Thursday. Richardson has approved a recommendation from Dallas County to take part in aerial mosquito control spraying efforts. The aerial spraying will be done in conjunction with Richardson’s other mosquito control measures.
State health officials say the spray that will be used is the same as the pesticide being used in trucks; however, the aerial spraying will allow the mosquito control fighting measures to be more efficiently applied and the spray will be more uniformly dispersed in areas where vehicle spraying cannot reach.