WNV Resources & Information

Aerial Spraying Update - August 20, 2012

Dallas County officials say that Garland will be included in re-spraying operations Monday, August 20 beginning as early as 8:30 p.m.  Countywide spray operations will continue until as late as 2 a.m.   

Please keep in mind that the spraying schedule is contingent on weather conditions and is subject to last minute changes. 
The City will communicate updated information via E-News (email blasts), the City website and Twitter as soon as it is confirmed.  The City will also utilize CodeRED to notify citizens on the days spraying is scheduled to occur.

The Texas Department of State Health Services is providing guidance for people concerned about potential aerial spraying to control mosquitoes in their areas. DSHS is preparing resources – airplanes, chemical spray and crews – to be ready to fill official requests from Dallas-area officials for aerial spraying to help prevent the spread of West Nile virus.  State health officials are working closely with Dallas-area public health and emergency management officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning the extremely high number of human cases of the disease in Dallas County. 

Aerial spraying is an enhanced and safe way to kill adult mosquitoes in large, densely populated areas. For people concerned about exposure during aerial spraying, health officials suggest the following precautions:

  • Minimize exposure. Avoid being outside, close windows and consider keeping pets inside while spraying occurs.
  • If skin or clothes are exposed, wash them with soap and water. Rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables with water as a general precautionary measure. 
  • Cover small ornamental fish ponds.
  • Because the chemical breaks down quickly in sunlight and water, no special precautions are suggested for outdoor swimming areas.

Additional Resources

To receive City of Garland notifications related to West Nile Virus and mosquito spraying, please subscribe to Garland E-News (email alerts) and CodeRED (telephone, text and email alerts). 

Latest Garland WNV Information

Garland Mosquito Program Information

North Texas Poison Center 24-hour Inquiry Line - 1-800-222-1222

Garland Health Department Mosquito Control Information line - 972-205-3720
Garland Health Department General Information - 972-205-3460

Regional WNV Phone Bank for Questions & Information - 817-264-4612, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

For updates during aerial spraying operations follow @aerialmosquito on Twitter.

Dallas County West Nile Virus Information web page

West Nile Virus Vector Control References and Resources

Texas Department of Health and Human Services web page