By Ben Lane, TSB Staff
If you’ve spent more than five minutes outside this summer, then you know that it’s definitely mosquito season. Standing in front of the grill at a backyard BBQ turns into an exercise of constantly swiping at your legs and arms to ward off the pesky bugs.
Last summer, the North Texas West Nile Virus outbreak dominated everyone’s thoughts. Those pesky bugs became more than a simple nuisance. They became the carriers of a potentially deadly virus that claimed lives throughout the entire North Texas region.
In an effort to prevent a similar outbreak in 2013, the City of McKinney began a treatment plan early in 2013. “We have actively trapped and tested mosquitoes for West Nile, and no samples have tested positive for the disease,” said Anna Clark, McKinney’s Communications & Media Relations Manager.
According to Clark, the city placed mosquito traps all over the city and is constantly testing them for West Nile. Clark said the city is treating standing water with larvicide to attempt to control the mosquito larva before they mature. This helps to minimize the spread of mosquitos.
Many other cities in North Texas have begun to spray for mosquitos already. This week, the City of Dallas announced that it would begin ground spraying in certain areas.
Clark said that if any of the city’s traps yield positive results for West Nile, McKinney would begin ground spraying in the affected areas.
The city’s website (click here) has an interactive map that shows the location of every mosquito trap currently in place in the city. Click on any of the trap locations and you can see the exact location of the trap, the most recent testing date and (in many cases), a picture of the trap itself.
The website also features many more details about the city’s West Nile preparations under the FAQ’s section. Clark also said that the city’s website “also has information about measures residents can take to help prevent the spread of West Nile.”