Dallas steps up code enforcement in battle against West Nile

Dallas steps up code enforcement in battle against West Nile

Dallas Police have stepped up code enforcement to fight against the spread of West Nile. (Credit: David Schechter/WFAA)

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by DAVID SCHECHTER

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Posted on August 22, 2012 at 6:14 PM

DALLAS – The city of Dallas stepped up code enforcement today of unlicensed tire shops and abandoned pools in the fight against West Nile Virus.         

Both are places where standing water allows mosquitoes to flourish.

And while code issues, like unlicensed tire shops, are usually handled in teams of two Dallas Marshals in a single squad car, a half dozen vehicles swooped in today on East Dallas tire shops.

"There are literally thousands of tire shops in the city of Dallas. So, we have a lot of work to do,” said Paul Hansen, Dallas Marshal's Chief Deputy.

In 30 minutes they cited two shops. Neither had a valid city permit showing how they dispose of scrap tires. What's the problem? When tires are dumped, illegally, they collect water –– and mosquitoes love them.

"It's a red flag to us when we see someone who does have that proper kind of paperwork, as far as where their tires are going when they leave here,” Hansen said.      

 Meanwhile, in Northeast Dallas, compliance teams examined an abandoned swimming pool to see if mosquitoes had taken over there.    

Also, Dallas County Judge, the point person for aerial spraying in the county, says the feds are giving the effort their high marks. He says they’re calling it extremely effective.         

The message for tonight's spraying? If your city is not scheduled to be sprayed, but you see a plane releasing chemicals over your home: Do not be alarmed

"Even though you see a plane overhead, it could literally be spraying up to two miles away,” said Laura McGowan a spokesperson for Clarke, the aerial spraying contractor.

Judge Jenkins says a team from the Center for Disease Control will be in town today to observe the spraying program.

He says the CDC has also approved the release $3 million to reimburse the state for what's been spent.

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