Cedar Hill City administration joins other Dallas County communities in following standard procedures set up by the Center for Disease Control for dealing with the West Nile Virus epidemic.
Dallas County Health & Human Services officials have recommended that all cities in Dallas County spray to control mosquitoes. The State of Texas is offering resources to provide spraying at no cost to cities.
The truck-mounted spraying will not proceed if it rains or if winds are above specified levels.
Although the pesticide is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, residents are advised to take the following precautions:
Minimize exposure. Remain indoors during the hours while spraying is in progress. Close windows and keep pets inside.
If skin or clothes are exposed, wash them with soap and water.
Rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables as a precaution.
Cover small ornamental fish ponds.
Because the chemical breaks down quickly in sunlight and water, no special precautions are suggested for outdoor swimming areas.
City of Cedar Hill Code Enforcement officials are identifying pools and other areas of stagnant water and treating them with a larvacide containing non-toxic bacteria that kill the mosquito larva as they hatch.
Residents are encouraged to protect themselves from mosquito bites.
When outside, wear long, loose-fitting light-colored clothing,
Use insect repellent products containing DEET or other EPA-approved repellant compounds and follow directions.
Keep doors and window screens in good condition and check weather stripping for mosquito entry points.
Avoid being outside at dusk. The majority of attacks occur at this time.
Remove any standing water outside.
Watch the City website for updates.