Van Alstyne fogs for mosquitoes after positive West Nile test

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VAN ALSTYNE, Tex. (KXII) -- Jack Lockhart lives at West Van Alstyne and North Dallas road, the very corner where a mosquito tested positive for West Nile.

"It's a little bit scary," said Lockhart.

He says they've gotten worse over the past couple weeks.

"Probably not really bad until up to the recent rain we've had and they've been really bad since," said Lockhart.

The Grayson County Health Department released the news Friday that a West Nile positive mosquito had been found in Van Alstyne, the first in Grayson County this season.

"We go out and trap mosquitoes and collect them and then send off to the state for analysis and then whatever those findings are, we turn around and give them to the municipalities," said Josh Stevenson of the Grayson County Health Department.

City manager Lane Jones couldn't speak on camera but tells us he acted fast to find a solution, hiring a company to cover the entire city with a fog that is intended to kill every mosquito.

Starting Tuesday, they'll do it two nights in a row.

"I think it's very feasible. I think it's a very good idea," said Lockhart.

He says he's already taking precautions.

"Try to use some OFF! repellent every now and then and then just anything to keep them away. Keep on the move," said Lockhart.

He says he's all for the professional treatment.

But the fog does come with some drawbacks according to the Grayson County Health Department and could be a health risk for people or pets who are outside when the company sprays.

"We don't want to force any city to spray if they don't want to spray and that decision should be handled at the lowest level of government because that's closest to the people who live there so we leave those decisions to the city," said Stevenson.

The Van Alstyne City Manager says the rewards for fogging outweigh the risks but still encourages people to wear repellent with DEET, wear long sleeves and pants, drain standing water and stay inside at dusk and dawn.