IRVING — Ten days ago, Irving’s initial request for aerial spraying to combat the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus fell through the cracks with Clarke, the state's contractor.
So on Tuesday, following reports from News 8, Irving again requested that aircraft be used to apply insecticide over 3,300 acres of uninhabited, hard-to-reach park land.
"We want to provide the spraying where there are hot spots, and that’s what was indicated to us as a hot spot, and it was an area not easily accessed by ground spraying equipment," City of Irving spokesman Chris Hooper.
But on Tuesday, Clarke — after consulting with state officials — denied Irving's request. The company said the long, jagged strips of park land would not be “meaningfully served” from the air, and can be better attacked with ground spraying.
But this time, Irving does not intend to give up as easily.
“We want to continue to have the dialogue about the potential for aerial spraying these areas," Hooper said. "But in the meantime, like I said, if there’s additional resources from the state and they’re willing to provide them to us, then we would like to continue down that path as well."
And with news that the latest West Nile death, Dema Miller, was from Irving — and that Irving is the only city in the surrounding area that has not sprayed from the air — citizens are watching.