The City of University Park has notified SMU that a mosquito sample taken near 5900 Bishop Boulevard tested positive for the West Nile virus. While no human cases of infection have been reported on campus, efforts to eradicate the mosquitoes will intensify over the next few weeks, according to University Park officials. The City has treated the campus for mosquitoes since April. Weekly fogging began this week, with additional targeted treatment focused on campus storm drains.
University Park will spray the SMU campus and surrounding area for mosquitoes early Friday, August 9. Spraying of the SMU campus is expected to begin about 1 a.m.
As a precaution, the City recommends that you avoid being outside during spraying, close your windows and keep your pets inside.
Information about University Park’s mosquito control efforts, including a fogging schedule, is available on the City’s website at http://www.uptexas.org.
Precautions related to mosquitoes and the West Nile virus
To protect yourself against West Nile and other diseases carried by mosquitoes, the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services recommends you:
- Use insect repellents that contain DEET or any other EPA-approved insect repellent.
- Wear long sleeves/ pants, loose and light-colored clothing when outdoors.
- Protect yourself, especially if you go outside during dusk and dawn hours.
- Avoid stagnant water, where mosquitoes breed.
SMU monitors the campus daily for standing water, removes it and treats the area. If you see stagnant water on campus, please report it to SMU Facility Services at 214-768-3494.