Fort Worth officials address change in West Nile spraying philosophy

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by MARCUS MOORE

WFAA

Posted on August 15, 2012 at 11:56 PM

FORT WORTH - Fort Worth city leaders are gearing up to do something they haven’t done since the 1990’s -- spray for mosquitoes.

This week, they released a map of the areas where they plan to attack the insects as they address the West Nile virus outbreak. Spraying is expected in ZIP codes 76104 and 76110, an area between I-30 and the south freeway.

They plan to use the same chemical as Dallas, but will instead stick to ground spraying, as opposed to aerial technique.

At a meeting Wednesday night, residents asked questions and voiced concerns about whether or not spraying is safe.

"[The response] has just been very lackadaisical," said resident Tammy Redmon. "I can't explain it. I want these guys to explain why they haven't been more responsive."

Brandon Bennett, the Fort Worth director of codes and compliance, said an outbreak in one area led to the change in philosophy.

"This was a situation that happened very quickly," Bennett said. "We had a number of human cases that happened essentially all at once in a tight area, and that's why we're proposing to do the spray there. We haven't had that scenario anywhere else in Fort Worth before."

Bennett also said the amount of insecticide Fort Worth plans to use and the method of treatment is safe.

Another informational meeting is scheduled for Thursday night at the Fire Station Community Center, 1601 Lipscomb Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 76104. It starts at 7 p.m.

E-mail mmoore@wfaa.com

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