West Nile in Southeast Dallas! That Means It's Time to Bust Out Minty-Fresh Mosquito Spray.

A couple of months back, ABC News noted that even in the midst of Texas's historic drought, Houston was seeing a "sudden surge" in the number of mosquitoes carrying West Nile. Why? Because it's Houston. But now, it's Dallas's turn -- or, at least, your turn if you live in the area of town bounded by Interstate 20, Garden Grove Drive, Belt Line Road South and Lawson Road West back to Interstate 20.

It's been, oh, a couple of years at least since the city had to bust out its mosquito-spray trucks. But Thursday night at 10 through the wee small hours of Friday morning, says the city, it's killin' time as "mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus were found in the area." Which means, as always:

While the insecticide is considered safe, residents in the above areas should avoid contact with the spray by staying indoors. Persons inside a vehicle while trucks are actively spraying should remain in their vehicles with the windows up and the air conditioner on until the trucks pass and the spray is no longer visible. Persons out during the scheduled spraying time should be alert for trucks and should not follow them. Residents who come in contact with the spray are advised to wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water. The spray breaks down quickly in the presence of sunlight and has no residual effect. Fish ponds should be protected and pets should be brought inside during the spraying period.

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