COMMERCE - Beginning June 18, the city will begin implementation of its Mosquito Management Plan, which has been administered each summer over the past several years to help control the population.
While the city normally sprays for mosquitoes each summer, there have been recent cases of West Nile virus reported in Denton and Dallas counties.
According to the city, a truck-mounted fogger output is calibrated to ensure that the correct amount of the product is applied for each treatment area. All products are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and are applied by a trained and state certified technician.
The spraying is more effective if it takes place during peak mosquito biting hours. Spraying will begin at 7:00 p.m., weather permitting, and will continue in each area until it is completed. In the event of rain, the spraying will commence on the next clear day. Spraying will continue every other week, throughout the summer months, or as long as needed to control the adult mosquito population.
The chemicals are of low toxicity to people and pets, but they are pesticides and direct contact should be avoided. The product is extremely toxic to fish, and fishponds are to be covered when the spraying is scheduled in or near your area. You're also encouraged to bring in pet bowls prior to spraying and stay indoors when the truck is in your area. The chemicals will not be sprayed if the driver sees people outdoors.
Questions or comments should be addressed to the Public Works Department at 903-886-1152.
Summer spraying schedule in Commerce:
Section A (borders north side of Live Oak Street and west side of Park Street) Mondays, June 18, July 2, July 16, July 30, August 13 and August 27.
Section B (borders south side of Live Oak Street, north side of Culver Street and west side of Park Street) Tuesdays, June 19, July 3, July 17, July 31, August 14 and August 28.
Section D* (borders south side of Culver Street, east side of Park Street and south side of Maple Street (Highway 11)). Wednesdays, June 20, July 3, July 18, August 1, August 15 and August 29.
Section C (Borders north side of Maple Street (Highway 11) and east side of Park Street) Thursdays, June 21, July 5, July 19, August 2, August 16 and August 30
Section D will be sprayed on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 instead of Wednesday, July 4, 2012. The order of Section C and Section D have been reversed because of ball games that are taking place at Eddie Moore Park.
So far in 2012, there have been 32 cases of West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes (34 total) in nine counties. None of these cases have resulted in fatalities, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.