UPDATE: Aerial spraying for remainder of Dallas begins at 9 p.m. Friday

Posted on 17 Aug 2012 at 11:29am

UPDATE, 3:30 p.m.: Dallas City Councilwoman Angela Hunt forwarded a note from city staff saying crews will spray the entire city of Dallas on Friday night and Saturday morning, with the exception of the area that was sprayed Thursday night. Spraying will begin at 9 p.m. Friday. If everything goes as planned, Friday night’s spraying will complete the first application for the city of Dallas. However, two applications will be required. The second application will be conducted two days after the first spraying to kill mosquitoes missed on the first spray as well as those that hatch within two days. The Dallas Morning News is reporting that Friday night’s application will also include Coppell, Addison, Carollton, Richardson, Farmers Branch, Garland, Mesquite (north of IH-30) and Grand Prairie.

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The Dallas Morning News is reporting that crews will spray the entire city of Dallas on Friday night and Saturday morning, with the exception of the area that’s already been sprayed. Crews will also spray Carollton, Addison, Richardson, Farmers Branch, Garland, part of Mesquite and Grand Prairie.

The city of Dallas just posted the above map showing, in pink, the area two planes were able to spray with the Duet pesticide Thursday night in an effort to kill mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus. According to the city, a rain system moved into the area at midnight, prompting them to halt spraying, which had been scheduled to continue until 3 a.m.  They watched the radar until 2 a.m., at which point the remainder of the mission was postponed. A total of 52,352 acres were sprayed, or a little over half the 100,845-acre target area for Thursday night. The city says four planes will be ready to spray Friday night. They presumably will attempt to finish the target area from last night, meaning they’ll be spraying in Far East Dallas, Mesquite and Garland. However, it’s unclear whether they’ll attempt to spray additional areas. Tonight’s forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 1 a.m. As we’ve noted, the spraying could be especially dangerous for people with compromised immune systems, including those with HIV/AIDS. Here again is that list of precautions recommended by the city:

• Minimize exposure. Avoid being outside, close windows and keep pets inside.

• 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.

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