West Nile detected in Highland Park, University Park

Dallas County Health and Human Services’ (DCHHS) laboratory-confirmed mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus in Highland Park and University Park.

Highland Park officials said they will spray for mosquitos over the weekend, beginning Friday, July 6, on the east side of town.

University Park officials said they fogged Thursday and will fog again Friday on the city’s northeast side.

This is the second mosquito test in Highland Park to test positive for West Nile. In late June, a trap located on the east side of Highland Park revealed a positive mosquito sample for West Nile Virus, according to a town news release.

Last week, officials said a mosquito sample in Preston Hollow has tested positive for West Nile.

In conjunction with Dallas County municipalities, mosquito abatement teams are responding by treating impacted areas. DCHHS has scheduled ground spraying in the below area (s), weather permitting:

Balch Springs
Thursday, July 5 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Friday, July 6 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Residents should remain inside during the time sprayers are in the area. Spraying will not be conducted in the event of wind speeds more than 10 mph or inclement weather. A detailed map of the spray area can be viewed at http://www.dallas.leateamapps.com/PublicMap

Residents should use the 4Ds to reduce exposure to mosquitoes:

  • DEET All Day, Every Day: Whenever you’re outside, use insect repellents that contain DEET or other EPA approved repellents and follow instructions.
  • Dress: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside.
  • Drain: Drain or treat all standing water in and around your home or workplace.
  • Dusk & Dawn: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

DCHHS encourages residents in affected areas to be a part of the solution by eliminating insect breeding areas and larvae before mosquitoes reach the airborne stage.

Standing water can be treated with EPA-approved larvicides that are available for retail purchase. Larvicides are products used to kill immature mosquitoes before they become adults.

Larvicides are applied directly to water sources that hold mosquito eggs, larvae, or pupae. When used well, larvicides can help reduce the overall mosquito burden by limiting the number of mosquitoes that are produced, according to the Centers for Disease Control a

Timothy Glaze

A journalism graduate of the University of North Texas, Tim has called Dallas home his entire life. He has covered news, schools, sports, and politics in Lake Dallas, Denton, Plano, Allen, Little Elm, and Dallas since 2009 for several publications - The Lake Cities Sun, The Plano Star Courier, the Denton Record Chronicle, and now, People Newspapers. He lives in Denton County with his wife and three dogs.

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