A positive test result for the presence of West Nile Virus in mosquitos has been recorded in the western section of the Whitley Place neighborhood, as well as in the downtown area near Broadway and Coleman Streets, according to the Town’s Code Compliance Department.
The frequency of positive test results in the Whitley Place neighborhood has led Prosper to authorize the targeting of adult mosquitos in a relatively small wooded area in Whitley Place bordered by Gentry Drive, Spicewood Drive, Arborglen Court, Touchstone Court and Glacier Point Court.
The area will be treated with ultra-low volume fogging with an all-terrain vehicle or backpack. The targeted fogging will occur between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24.
Eliminating places where mosquitoes can breed and reducing the chances of mosquito bites are the most effective lines of defense against exposure to West Nile Virus. Residents are encouraged to look for and eliminate breeding sources in their yards. These areas include:
- trash can receptacles, buckets, and old tires;
- pet water dishes;
- flower pot saucers;
- bird baths and wading pools where water has not been changed for more than five days;
- clogged gutters;
- standing water on tarps covering boats, cars or other equipment.
Mosquitoes must have water to breed, and it only takes a teaspoon amount to serve as a source for the larvae. With the increasing temperature, mosquitoes can develop in as little as three days. Residents are also encouraged to remain vigilant, protecting themselves while outdoors, following the four Ds to reduce the risk of mosquito bites. The four Ds include:
- DEET: use insect repellants that contain DEET or other effective repellants.
- DRESS: wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside.
- DRAIN: remove all standing water around your home.
- DUSK to DAWN: limit outdoor activities from dusk to dawn hours when mosquitoes are most active.
Questions can be directed to John Webb, Director of Development Services at 972-569-1090 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Trish Eller, Code Compliance Officer, at 972-569-1079 or email@example.com.
More information on West Nile Virus can be obtained by visiting https://www.cdc.gov/westnile, and Prosper’s Mosquito Control Program is at http://www.prospertx.gov/government/departments/stormwater/mosquito-control-program.