The Town of Highland Park Parks Department and Dallas County Health and Human Services monitors several mosquito traps within the town limits. Mosquito samples from each trap are tested on a weekly basis.
Currently there has not been a positive mosquito sample for WNV; however, the total number of mosquitoes in specific traps has reached the treatable threshold as established by the Town’s Mosquito Control Policy. As a result, the Parks Department will conduct ground spraying measures to reduce the density of adult mosquito populations.
Ground spraying measures will be town wide for public rights-of-way and are scheduled to begin at 10:00 p.m. and conclude by 6:00 a.m. Localized ground spraying will include the Town’s tennis courts. Highland Park residents should remain inside and protect pets during the time the sprayers are in your area. Any pet water dishes left outside should be cleaned after spraying.
In addition to the spraying, Highland Park Public Works Department has been locating and eliminating standing water in low lying areas in public rights-of-way. Individuals are encouraged to survey their yard for any areas with standing water, such as flower pot basins, bird baths and pet dishes. Shrubbery and landscaping near the foundation harbor mosquitoes during the day due to the cool, moist environment.
Town personnel are available to provide free home inspections of your yard to identify potential areas of mosquito breeding grounds. This inspection includes yard irrigation systems. Residents may call 214-521-4161 to arrange a free inspection of their property.