Mosquito-spraying campaign accelerates in North Texas

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by JIM DOUGLAS, DAVID SCHECHTER and WFAA.com Staff

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Posted on August 14, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 14 at 6:30 PM

For the first time in two decades, Fort Worth is preparing to spray for disease-carrying mosquitoes as Dallas County prepares an aerial assault.

Based on recommendations from the Tarrant County Public Health, Fort Worth announced Tuesday that it will begin target ground spraying on Wednesday night to combat the epidemic of West Nile virus.

Brandon Bennett, director of code compliance, said the precise areas have not yet been determined. He said that decision will be made Wednesday afternoon after results of mosquito testing come in.

Bennett said the same neighborhoods will be sprayed three nights in a row. Although the insecticide is also toxic to honey bees, Bennett said it will be used in low concentrations, and only at times when bees are not active.

There have been two deaths linked to West Nile virus in Tarrant County, with a total of 171 human cases reported.

In Dallas County, the campaign to eradicate the insects known to carry the West Nile virus also moves forward on Wednesday when aircraft for aerial spraying arrive in North Texas. They are expected to begin work later this week.

Late Tuesday, Garland and University Park agreed to be part of the spraying campaign. Highland Park and Mesquite have already signed up. County officials are waiting for decisions from Dallas and Richardson.

There have been 10 deaths linked to West Nile virus in Dallas County.

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