DALLAS - The rest of the City of Dallas and the northern suburbs that approved aerial pesticide spraying to kill mosquitoes and curb the West Nile virus will be sprayed tonight.
At a Friday afternoon news conference, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said there will be four planes in the air starting at 9:00 p.m., which is two more planes than Thursday night.
"We're going to get this block covered just as soon as possible and weather permitting the whole thing will be covered tonight," Jenkins said.
The planes will finish covering the parts of northeast Dallas not sprayed Thursday night when rain grounded the effort. They will then do the remaining portions, including the southern portion of the city.
The suburbs that will be sprayed tonight include:
- Mesquite, north of I-30
- Richardson (including Collin Co portion)
- Farmers Branch
- Grand Prairie
If rain hampers the schedule again, the planes will go into the air Saturday night.
Rawlings said if the spraying goes as planned, the planes will take a two-day break before a second application, "And by Sunday any mosquitos that have been hatched will be flying and then we will take a second swath of this starting on Monday and Tuesday and hopefully be finished with everything at that time."
In the meantime, traps will be set out over the weekend to determine how effective the first round of spraying has been.
Rawlings says that will be the test whether the spraying, costing up to $1.2 million and picked up by the state, has been effective, "That we're only going to be pleased when we see the science that the mosquitos were killed and that the West Nile cases drop precipitously."
Jenkins said he talked with area hospital systems early Friday that reported no increase in emergency respiratory cases from the spraying.