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The Seagoville City Council voted Saturday morning to opt-in for aerial mosquito spraying. The City has notified the Dallas County Emergency Operation Center of the decision and Dallas County will be conducting aerial spraying for mosquitoes in the City of Seagoville on Wednesday, August 22nd and Thursday August 23rd. Spraying is scheduled to begin at 8:30 PM, and will include spraying the entire City on both nights.
Aerial spraying is considered to be an effective and safe way to kill adult mosquitoes in large, densely populated areas.Health experts recommend taking these steps:? Stay indoors if possible and close windows.? If outside or in a vehicle, be alert for the spraying and maintain a safe distance.? If skin or clothes are exposed, wash with soap and water.? As a precaution Rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables with water.? Cover small ornamental fish ponds? Because the chemical breaks down quickly in sunlight or water, no special precautions are suggested for outdoor swimming areas.Spraying is only a part of the solution for controlling mosquitoes. Residents are urged to take responsibility for ridding their yards of standing water where mosquitoes could breed. Check on elderly neighbors who may not be able check the nooks and crannies of their properties.To continue to fight the bite, citizens should defend themselves by remembering the four “D’s”:•Drain—Remove all areas of standing water. Change water in pet dishes and birdbaths several times a week.•DEET—Use insect repellents that contain DEET or any other EPA approved insect repellent.•Dress—Wear long sleeves/pants, loose and light colored clothing when outdoors.•Dusk/Dawn—Protect yourself during dusk and dawn.Swimming pool owners also have an important responsibility since unmaintained pools create a health hazard for the community by breeding mosquitoes.West Nile virus is one of a group of viruses spread by mosquito bites, which can cause mild to severe illness. Learning about the virus and ways to prevent infection is key. Subscribe for e-mail alerts at www.seagoville.us.