The Environmental Health Department received notification that confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus (WNV) in mosquito traps located in the 1100 block of Bethel School Court. DCHHS will conducted targeted spraying early last week.

The Coppell Environmental Health Department staff conducts mosquito control activities year-round but increases those efforts from April through October, the most active mosquito season in North Texas. The Health Department works along with the Texas Department of State Health Services, Dallas County Health and Human Services Department and area health departments to conduct surveillance and testing of the mosquito population for diseases including West Nile virus. The Environmental Health Department will continue to protect the health and well-being of residents through surveillance, control, education, research and technology to prevent and control mosquito-borne diseases.

During the mosquito trapping season, the Environmental Health Department receives notification on Monday's around Noon, regarding the presence of West Nile Virus (WNV) in mosquito traps. Spraying will be conducted on Monday and Tuesday between the hours of 9 pm and 5 am in areas where mosquitoes have tested positive for WNV. As a precaution, when spraying takes place in your neighborhood residents are recommended to stay indoors. The purpose of spraying is to reduce the infected mosquito population, thus reducing the risk to residents and animals.

Mosquito trapping begins in the spring, and continues until mosquito activity decreases, typically early fall. The trapped mosquitoes are sent to a laboratory where they are tested for the presence of West Nile Virus. Spraying activity will begin when notification is received that there is a positive mosquito sample of West Nile Virus.

Take every precaution to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes if at all possible.

Remember the 4 D’s: Defend, Dress, Dusk & Dawn, and Drain.

• Defend yourself by applying insect repellent that contains DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus* or PMD. Use repellent all day, every day.

• Dress in long sleeves and pants.

• Stay indoors at dusk and dawn.

• Drain all stagnant water in your yard.

• Additionally, you should protect your home by using screens to keep mosquitoes outside. Use the air conditioning when possible.

By eliminating containers, cleaning rain gutters, and maintaining swimming and ornamental pools residents can stop the mosquito life cycle in its tracks.

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