BONHAM, TX - After 10 deaths from the West Nile virus in the Dallas area and four confirmed cases of the virus in Grayson County, the City of Bonham is taking action.
Fire Chief Brad Nichols says the city plans to spray for mosquitoes from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Tuesday, August 28 and Wednesday, August 29.
The state department of health recommends you avoid exposure to the chemicals, avoid being outside, and keep your pets inside as well.
More tips on how to stay safe during mosquito spraying
We are seeing an upsurge of West Nile Virus cases in the Dallas / Ft. Worth Metroplex, so people should take precautions to minimize the risk of mosquito bites. These precautions include: Use an approved insect repellent every time you go outside and follow the instructions on the label. Approved repellents are those that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Regularly drain standing water, including water collects in empty cans, tires, buckets, clogged rain gutters and saucers under potted plants. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. Wear long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. Use air conditioning or make sure there are screens on all doors and windows to keep mosquitoes from entering the home. The elderly and those with chronic medical conditions or compromised immune systems are more vulnerable to developing West Nile illness bitten by an infected mosquito. There is no effective treatment for West Nile Virus illnesses, so it’s important to prevent mosquito bites.
Elderly neighbors may need help repairing their windows or door screens to help keep mosquitoes out and with other precautions to reduce their risk of becoming ill. Also remember the less fortunate in your communities who may need assistance in reducing their risk of illness.
The majority of Dallas county areas are performing enhanced ground-based spraying. There will be aerial spraying over a large area of Dallas County during the next few days. Aerial spraying is a very effective and safe way to kill adult mosquitoes in large, densely populated areas. We understand that many people have concerns about exposure during aerial spraying; for those people, health officials suggest the following precautions:
o Minimize exposure. Avoid being outside, close windows and consider keeping pets inside while spraying occurs.
o If skin or clothes are exposed, wash them with soap and water.
o Rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables with water as a general precautionary measure.
o Cover small ornamental fish ponds.
o Because the chemical breaks down quickly in sunlight and water, no special precautions are suggested for outdoor swimming areas.
Information from Texas Department of State Health Services