Written by Phil Cerroni
Coppell City officials have authorized Dallas County to use aerial spraying to combat West Nile Virus
The City of Coppell recognizes the Department of State Health Services declaration of a public health emergency regarding West Nile Virus and in doing so supports Dallas County and the region’s cities through aerial spraying. A consistent response from the entire region is necessary to ensure efficient results.
In contrast to Coppell’s decision, the Irving City Council voted against aerial spraying. However, Irving will continue with truck-mounted ground spraying and trapping.
Only certain isolated areas of Irving have met spraying guidelines. When the City contacted Dallas’ chosen contractor to discuss aerial spraying, it was told those areas did not meet the contractor’s minimum threshold for spraying.
“Our data indicate the issues in Irving are not as widespread as they are in other cities,” said Walter Richie, Irving’s vector control administrator. “We firmly believe we can handle these geographically isolated areas ourselves. We have taken a vigorous approach, are continuously monitoring the status of our city and will aggressively work all areas that meet spraying guidelines.”
To date, the Irving has sprayed 24 times in the areas that have met spraying guidelines.
Source: City of Coppell, City of Irving