Emergency Session Called to Discuss Aerial Mosquito Spraying

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Duncanville City Council to Meet in Emergency Session to Discuss Opting In for Aerial Mosquito Spraying

The Duncanville City Council will meet Monday, August 20th at 6:00 P.M. in an emergency session to discuss and determine what mosquito abatement programs are best for the City of Duncanville.  The emergency session was called due to the fact that the State of Texas and Dallas County has given the city until 2:00 PM Tuesday, August 21st to decide whether to opt-in for aerial spraying.

The Duncanville City Council had planned to discuss the item during their regular meeting on Tuesday night the 21st, but this would have occurred after the deadline given to the City by the State  Friday afternoon.

The City of Duncanville has sprayed several areas of the city the last two weeks. It will be during this emergency meeting that the City Council will discuss and decide if more aggressive mosquito mitigation is warranted.

The City of Duncanville has had 4 reported human cases of the West Nile Virus, including one death.  The Mayor of Duncanville declared signed a declaration of disaster on August 16th, opening up the possible use of State and Federal resources to assist in the West Nile threat.

City officials encourage all Duncanville residents to take the following measures to eliminate mosquito breeding sites on their property and to protect themselves from mosquito bites:

  • Dusk and Dawn are the times to stay indoors, as mosquitoes are more active during these hours.
  • Dress in long sleeves and pants when outdoors.  For extra protection, spray thin clothing and exposed skin with repellant.
  • DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-tolu-amide) is an ingredient to look for in your insect repellant.  Follow instructions on the label, and always wear repellant when outdoors.
  • Drain standing water in old tires, flowerpots, clogged gutters, wading pools, buckets, barrels and birdbaths.
  • Swimming Pool pumps and filters must be working and water must be clean and clear such that the bottom of the pool is visible at all times.

Residents should contact the Duncanville Environmental Office at 972-780-4963 with any questions or concerns.

 

One Response to Emergency Session Called to Discuss Aerial Mosquito Spraying

  1. This is not good news. From something read on the internet, there are more targeted, more effective ways of combating mosquito population buildup. Educating people about not having pools of water–the Emergency voicemail I just received could be used to accomplish that.

    1) If there are pools of water, then add a drop or two of regular cooking oil which makes the mosquitos drown. This may need to be repeated in a few days. (People with fish ponds will have to do a separate search.) For animals that drink the water, the little bit of oil will not harm them.

    2) Keep any buckets that are unnecessary tipped upside down.

    Aerial spraying is terrible. What does it do? It keeps people holed up in their houses, it kills beneficial insects: bees, butterflies, dragonflies, etc. How can we trust the chemical companies or those that financially gain from this?

    Please, no more aerial spraying. The way to combat these things is known, and much less invasive or toxic–why did we take this extreme measure?

    Mari Vega
    Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm