Another trap tested positive for West Nile Virus, prompting the RHD to conduct another spraying on October 26-27 according to a Community Impact article from October 26 which reports,
“The Richardson Health Department plans to spray for mosquitoes in the southwest section of the city after a trap in the area tested positive for West Nile virus.
Richardson officials are working with other health agencies in the metroplex to contain the spread of the West Nile virus, according to a city news release. Measures being taken include traps being set across the city to monitor mosquito populations, reducing water levels where needed and collaborating with regional partners to improve the monitoring of the virus.”
The scheduled spraying on October 26-27 is already the third spraying conducted this October following different pools that turned positive.
The first of the spraying according to a Dallas Morning News article from October 12 reports,
“Richardson plans to ground spray one area of the city on both Tuesday and Wednesday night after mosquito samples tested positive for the West Nile virus, the city said in a news release.
The spraying location runs south of Apollo Road to Buckingham Road and west of Jupiter Road to Bowser Road.”
The second spraying according to a Community Impact article from October 19 says,
“The Richardson Health Department plans to spray for mosquitoes in the southeast section of the city after another trap in the area tested positive for West Nile virus.
Workers will spray between 9 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. Oct. 19-20 in the area. The spray area will be from Bowser Road east to Jupiter Road between Apollo Road to the north and Buckingham Road to the south.”
Since the mosquitoes are currently most active, people are being encouraged to follow the Four D’s of protection against the West Nile Virus according to a Richardson Texas’ website where they say,
“DRAIN standing water around the home
Use insect repellent containing DEET
Avoid being outdoors at DUSK and DAWN
DRESS to protect yourself with long sleeves and pants”
Notably, the month of September also had 3 straight weeks of spraying in Richardson so it is highly advisable to exercise caution and care during the most active season of mosquitoes.