PRESS RELEASE - MOSQUITO SPRAYING PROGRAM

NEWS RELEASE – CITY OF MARSHALL, TEXAS

MARSHALL PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

April 9, 2015

 

Re:   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

       CITY OF MARSHALL MOSQUITO SPRAYING PROGRAM

       & WEST NILE PUBLIC SERVICE NOTICE

       http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/Arboviral/westNile/

 

Recent heavy rains, combined with warmer temperatures, have created a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. The City of Marshall initiated spraying activities the morning of April 7th and we will continue spraying the entire city twice monthly, until late this Fall.

 

Our spraying program involves driving every street in the city and spraying with an Ultra Low Volume machine that produces an ultra fine mist of mosquito killer; the ultra fine mist allows tiny droplets to drift over a much larger area. Even though the spray is safe, our contractor sprays between 4 AM and 7 AM so as to avoid pets, animals, and foot traffic as much as possible.

 

Marshall has many creeks, ponds, and drainage ditches and almost all of those are privately owned as they run across private property, neighborhoods, and subdivisions. Private owners and their neighbors need to take immediate action and work together with their neighbors to eliminate any unnecessary standing water which serves a perfect breeding ground for all mosquitoes.

 

We will continue spraying until the mosquito population has been eliminated by a strong freeze and until reports of mosquitoes have stopped. If you experience a high number of mosquitoes in your neighborhood, contact our Public Works office at 903-935-4485 and we will provide an additional application in that area.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER that the first line and the best defense against mosquitoes is you and your action in and around your home or business! Standing water is the culprit – eliminate any source of standing water! Work with you neighbors or adjoining property owners to eliminate standing water sources used by mosquitoes to breed.

 

Please review and share the following link to the Texas Department State Health Services with information and tips regarding West Nile and mosquitoes:

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/Arboviral/westNile/

Your best defense is to practice these habits:

1.  Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus or research natural mosquito repellents.

2.  Dress in long sleeves and long pants when you are outside.

3.  Stay indoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.

4.  Drain standing water where mosquitoes breed. Common breeding sites include old tires, flowerpots and clogged rain gutters.

5.    Use air conditioning or make sure there are screens are on all doors and windows to keep mosquitoes from entering your home.

 


What you need to know about – West Nile Virus - Fact Sheet

Department of State Health Services • 1100 W. 49th St. • Austin, Texas 78756 • 512-776-7400 • Toll Free 1-888-963-7111 • TDD 1-800-735-2989

 

What is it?

West Nile virus is a virus commonly found in Africa, West Asia, and the Middle East. It is not known how long it has been in the United States, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believe the virus probably has been in the eastern United States since early summer 1999. It is closely related to St. Louis encephalitis virus found in the United States.

The virus can infect humans, birds, mosquitoes, horses, and some other animals.

What are the symptoms?

Most people infected with West Nile virus will not have any signs of illness. Twenty percent of people who become infected will have mild symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, and occasionally a skin rash on the trunk of the body and swollen lymph glands.

The symptoms of severe infection (West Nile neuroinvasive disease) include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, and paralysis. Only about one out of 150 people infected with West Nile virus will develop this more severe form of the disease.

The incubation period of West Nile virus in humans is three to 14 days. Symptoms of mild disease may last a few days. Symptoms of severe disease may last several weeks, although neurological effects may be permanent. Rarely, death can occur.

How is it spread?

West Nile virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito and can infect people, horses, many types of birds, and some other animals. There is no evidence that West Nile virus can be spread from person to person or from animal to person.

Who is at risk for West Nile virus?

People older than 50 have the highest risk of severe disease, and people with weakened immune systems are at an increased risk for West Nile virus.


Distributed by: J. C. Hughes, Public Services Director

903-503-4503 (cell)   jchughes@marshalltexas.net

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