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Mosquito spraying begins

The City’s Department of Health Services began its city wide mosquito surveillance efforts of trapping mosquitoes for testing for the presence of the West Nile Virus (WNV) and other mosquito related diseases on May 3. Typically, the City’s mosquito surveillance efforts begin in late April and ends in November.

So far this year, more than 320 random mosquitoes sample pools have been collected and submitted to the Texas Department of State Health Services laboratory for testing. To date, all of the City’s mosquito sample pools have tested negative for the presence of the WNV and other mosquito related diseases. However, with the recent heavy rains and flooding caused by the storm events in May and earlier this month we have seen an increase in the amount of standing water along with an increase in the number of mosquitoes collected during our sampling.

The higher counts of mosquitoes collected from sample pools represent a greater potential of mosquitoes carrying viral diseases; i.e. West Nile Virus (WNV), St. Louis Encephalitis (SLV), the Zika Virus (ZV) and other mosquito related diseases.

Due to high counts of mosquitoes from sample pools collected in the City, ground spraying efforts for mosquito control will begin Tuesday evening, June 21, targeting the areas south of Ennis Avenue and Thursday evening, June 23, targeting the areas north of Ennis Avenue, weather conditions permitting (no rain or winds over 10 mph). In order to determine the need to spray and to determine if the spraying was effective city wide mosquito surveillance efforts will continue this year until testing is suspended by the state.

Areas are scheduled for spraying Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Spray activities will commence at approximately 9:30 p.m. and will be completed within a 3 to 4 hour period. Spraying is limited to city streets. Alleyways cannot be sprayed as the truck may not have space to maneuver and the risk of encountering children or pets is high in alleyways.

Because spraying involves a micro-fine mist of insecticide (AllPro, Aqualuer 20-20) from an ultra low volume fogger machine which is mounted on a truck, citizens should not experience adverse health effects. However, sensitive individuals and people with pre-existing medical conditions, including asthma, allergies and emphysema, may experience temporary skin and eye irritation, congestion or runny nose, sore or scratchy throat, and moderate respiratory irritations. For these reasons citizens are advised that the following precautions should be taken when spraying is scheduled in their neighborhood:

If possible stay indoors during spray events

Have children stay indoors until 1-2 hours after the spray event

Bring pets indoors and cover fishponds and beehives

Close windows and turn off fans or air conditioners that are exposed to outdoor air

Remove children’s toys, outdoor equipment and clothes from outdoor areas

If toys, play equipment or furniture are left outside, wash with soap and water before using them again

If you must stay outdoors during spray events, avoid eye and skin contact with spray. If contact should occur, rinse eyes with water or saline solution, and wash skin and clothing with soap and water

Wash fruits and vegetables that are exposed to the spray before eating them

If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms associated with the spraying, please contact your health care provider and ask them to report your symptoms to the Ennis Health Department at 972-878-1234.

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