City Council Approves Disaster Declaration to Enable Aerial Mosquito Spraying
The Garland City Council voted to approve a resolution declaring a local state of disaster for the City of Garland due to the public health threat posed by a severe outbreak of West Nile Virus (WNV) in and around Garland.
WNV is a mosquito-borne disease that can cause severe illness or death in humans. At least 18 human cases of WNV have been confirmed in Garland. More than 180 cases have been reported in Dallas County, including at least nine deaths.
The City has engaged in continuous efforts throughout the summer to control the spread of the disease including public awareness activities, ground-based spraying, stagnant water abatement and the daily monitoring of captured mosquitoes for evidence of WNV. Today’s disaster declaration would allow Garland to be included in aerial spraying conducted by the State of Texas which may provide more effective control and mitigation of the spread of WNV.
A schedule for aerial spraying has not been announced at this time. The City of Garland will notify its residents when that information becomes available via the City website, E-News releases, CGTV and CodeRED. Aerial spraying will occur at night to minimize exposure by non-targeted species. The chemical has a very low toxicity for humans and other mammals and is designed not to create lingering environmental impacts.
Citizens who have questions about spraying of insecticides may call the North Texas Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.
To protect yourself from exposure to WNV, limit outdoor activity during evening and early morning hours when mosquitoes are most active. While outdoors, wear light-colored, long sleeve clothing, and use an insect repellent containing DEET, according to its label directions. Most importantly, citizens should take measures to eliminate any standing water on their property, such as birdbaths (clean them twice per week), pet water dishes, clogged rain gutters, tires, and buckets. Containers that can hold an inch or two of water for just a few days can breed mosquitoes. Report any standing water that you are not able to eliminate yourself to the GHD.
If you have questions or would like to report standing water please call the Garland Health Department’s mosquito control hotline at 972-205-3720. Further questions on WNV activity, symptoms and prevention should be directed to the City of Garland’s website, www.garlandtx.gov, or 972-205-3460.
To subscribe to the City’s CodeRED telephone notification system, visit www.garlandtx.gov and click on the CodeRED button. For citizens without internet access, registration cards are available at City Hall, the Duckworth Utility Services Building and City libraries.