Gainesville is spraying for mosquitoes

By: Allison Harris Email
By: Allison Harris Email

GAINESVILLE, TEXAS -- It's summertime, and many Texoma families are heading outdoors.

"We like to run, swim, ride our bikes," some kids at Leonard Park in Gainesville said.

Summertime is also primetime for mosquitoes. After tomorrow in Gainesville, less mosquitoes will be swarming the city. City officials are spraying repellent to get rid of the bugs.

"This year, with the amount of rain we've had and the high number of mosquitoes, we decided it was worth looking into. And with reports of West Nile virus coming out just south of us in the Dallas and Denton areas, we decided to do something proactive to protect our citizens," Gainesville City Manager Barry Sullivan said.

Mosquitoes aren't just pesky, but they also pose a real health hazard.

"It's a quality of life issue and a health issue. The health issue is the reason we're going ahead and spraying right now," Sullivan said.

One Gainesville doctor says he treated a patient a few years ago who got West Nile virus from a mosquito bite.

"He finally succumbed to the paralysis and everything that goes with the very most intense form. So, if you can prevent that by spraying, yes," Gene Herzog, D.O said.

If you do get bitten and don't have the flu-like symptoms that are identifiers for West Nile, Doctor Herzog says you could still have the virus, but your body is able to fight it.

"Eighty percent of the people that are bitten by a mosquito that has the West Nile virus have no symptoms whatsoever," Herzog said.

For more ways to repel mosquitoes, the company spraying in Gainesville, Express Pest Control in McKinney, has options for your home. A $2,500 sprinkler repellent system, or a smaller $500 sprayer you can rent. But, for a cheaper option, there's always these cans.


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  • by Kevin on Jun 29, 2012 at 11:25 AM
    Isn't this the exact kind of thing we pay taxes for. I for one am glad the city is taking some initiative to spray, because I'm sure Bubba, my redneck neighbor is not too concerned with mosquitoes breeding in the stagnant water in his pile of junk tires in his back yard.
  • by Joey Location: Denison on Jun 28, 2012 at 07:47 PM
    Sounds like socialism is alive and well in Americas most patriotic town.
  • by Curious on Jun 28, 2012 at 05:32 PM
    It's amazing to me how unsupportive so many are when it comes to bringing about some change. Having worked n Gainesville for the past 4 years with the youth, it seems to me that Gainesville citizens do more complaining than trying to come up with solutions that will better your community. Good job Gainesville for thinking of the citizens enough to try and get rid of the mosquitoes! And if you are doing nothing but complaining, I am sure the housing authority has a wait list for your apartment so move on!
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      by more curious on Jun 29, 2012 at 11:53 AM in reply to Curious
      "Change" What change? Road work,good! Oh,and they added two bars off HWY 82.Have built a cinema. As for mosquito spraying,I guess if you don't mind breathing poison you would be ok with it.Well some people do mind.
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      by tommy on Jun 29, 2012 at 05:17 PM in reply to Curious
      curios just close your grocery hole,you must be a gainesville lifer,in oklahoma back in the 1930s and early 40s they did this very same thing and it was disasterious,cause see poison is deadly when it gets into your system,dont you see that,its not a GOOD thing as you think,close the ole grocery hole and think about it.
  • by zz bottom Location: whitesboro on Jun 28, 2012 at 04:34 AM
    yea west nile virus is rampent in gainesville,sounds like a good ole boy money makin scheme,with buddies at the company thats going to do the spraying,hmmm ?
  • by tommy Location: gainesville on Jun 27, 2012 at 06:36 PM
    the water alone is ate up with algee and yes the little pest are bad but now they are going around and spraying deadly poison in the air and water ? i wonder how bad that is going to cause even long term health problems,or how many people are going to die from spraying ? man real smart,dig a hole the size of the grand canyon to fill a hole 2 feet round and deep.lol,oh man im glad real soon we are moving from gainesville and not ever coming back,didnt want to move here in the first place,one lesson i wont have to learn twice,if i could leave as soon as i finish this comment i would.what a joke,that isnt funny,more like goonesville.see ya gainesville
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      by BUG OFF on Jun 28, 2012 at 07:34 AM in reply to tommy
      Why not leave it alone?Don't spray.Let each person if they want do their own spraying.Very simple http://www.walmart.com/search/search-ng.do?search_query=off mosquito spray
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        by tommy on Jun 29, 2012 at 05:32 PM in reply to BUG OFF
        still gets into the water table and back to you,you and curious need to move into that apartment they probably live in and tell curious to do some research on the sprayig they did back then and the terrible health problems it caused,your far better off with the little pest than the poison,that was the case then too.im sure curious has the common sense to know drinking ddt and chemicals like that is the real concern for the citizens,let me guess curious used to work for cooke county or city,lol im fixin to move on now.
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