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Commissioners get tough on mosquitos

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Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins is looking to state lawmakers to help in the fight against the West Nile Virus. The judge is hoping a bill filed by State Senator John Corona flies through the legislature.

Commissioners approved spending more money in the ground war against mosquitos. But, Jenkins says the county needs state lawmakers to knock down some of the hurdles it now faces in abating mosquitos.

Abandoned pools and stagnant water is the fertile womb for birthing mosquitos.

Jenkins is looking to lawmakers to open the gate on abandoned properties to make mosquito control attempts easier.

"We have legislation in Austin that would allow us more leeway to get into abandoned swimming pools because when those pools are unkept it becomes breeding ground for mosquitos," Jenkins said.

Republican State Senator John Corona from Dallas filed the bill in Austin that would allow health and environmental inspectors specific power to enter abandoned properties to treat standing water without giving prior notice.

"It would speed up the process of us getting in there to get that larvicide in. Currently, some of our cities are locating these properties and literally throwing larvicide over the fence into those posts," according to Jenkins.

Commissioners approved $350,000 to contract an outside vendor to help with the county's own ground spraying against mosquitos.

"Last year was a one in 50 year episode we don't know what to expect in 2013, but we want to be prepared , so having an additional contractor to support our existing mosquito control program is gonna be a benefit to Dallas county residence," said Dallas County Health and Human Services Director, Zach Thompson.

Commissioner John Wiley Price says he wants some of the cities in the county to do more than "add to the number of mosquito traps" he wants them to support the battle with cash.

"In face we're gonna have our nuclear war with regards to the mosquito population, I need them to buy in," said Price.

Last year, 40 people died and hundreds more were sickened by the West Nile Virus.

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