West Nile Virus - Aerial Spraying
With the number of West Nile Virus cases being reported in Denton County continuing to increase, the Denton County Health Department recommended last week that aerial spraying be considered as a more aggressive defense against the West Nile Virus. As a result, Mary Horn, Denton County Judge, issued a Disaster Declaration and Executive Order to request State and federal resources to engage in aerial spraying and has asked all municipalities if they would like to opt in or opt out of the aerial spraying mitigation efforts. Lakewood Village opted to participate in the spraying in an effort to protect our citizens.
Spraying is scheduled to take place on consecutive evenings, Thursday August 30 and Friday August 31 at approximately 8:30pm. If the weather is rainy on Thursday the spraying efforts will move to Friday and Saturday evenings. Spraying will take place using small twin-engine airplanes flying approximately 300 feet above the ground. The engines are quiet and residents are not expected to be disturbed. For specific information about the spraying effort and West Nile Facts in Denton County please visit the Denton County Health Department.
Because the Environmental Protection Agency has stated that the most effective way to reduce mosquito populations and lessen the threat of disease is by eliminating mosquito breeding sites, Lakewood Village residents are encouraged to eliminate standing water on their properties or treat larger bodies of standing water with larvacide (“mosquito dunks”). The Town also encourages its residents to remember the “Five D’s”:
• DUSK & DAWN are the times of day you should try to stay indoors. This is when infected mosquitoes are most active.
• DRESS in long sleeves and pants when you’re outside. For extra protection, you may want to spray thin clothing with repellent containing permethrin or DEET.
• DEET is an ingredient to look for in your insect repellent when outdoors.
• DRAIN standing water in your yard and neighborhood-old tires, flowerpots, and clogged rain gutters. These are mosquito breeding sites.
• DOORS keep door and window screens in good repair.