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Special to The Dallas Examiner | 5/11/2015, 11:20 a.m.
To control mosquito populations and combat West Nile virus and the Chikungunya virus, the City of Dallas Code Compliance Services ...

Special to The Dallas Examiner

DALLAS

To control mosquito populations and combat West Nile virus and the Chikungunya virus, the City of Dallas Code Compliance Services Department is providing free mosquito dunks to city of Dallas residents.

The mosquito dunks will be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 3112 Canton St., Ste. 100 and 7901 Goforth Road. The city will provide one package per household. Citizens must show proof of residency – driver’s license or utility bill – and can only apply the dunks to their property. The product is not for resale and residents should follow the product label. Dunks will be distributed while supplies last.

People have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes. The best way to avoid exposure to West Nile virus and the Chikungunya virus is to avoid mosquito bites by employing the 4 Ds’:

• Defend yourself by using insect repellents – Follow label instructions

• Dress in long sleeves and pants, loose and light-colored clothing when you go outside

• Dusk and dawn, stay indoors during this time to avoid mosquitoes when they are most active

• Drain standing water and install or repair window screens

Dallas residents are urged to take precautions against mosquito bites by reducing outdoor activity during early morning and nighttime hours. Residents who are outside during these times should cover their arms and legs and use a mosquito repellant.

Residents should eliminate standing water to prevent mosquito breeding and the spread of West Nile virus and the Chikungunya virus. Breeding places for mosquitoes include swimming pools that are not kept clean, stagnant ponds, pet watering dishes, birdbaths, potted plants, old tires, empty containers, toys and clogged rain gutters and French drains. Standing water should be eliminated promptly, as mosquitoes can grow from egg to adult in as little as seven days.

To report standing water or mosquito problems, Dallas residents should call 311. For additional information on mosquito control visit http://www.dallascityhall.com.

DALLAS

The Dallas Police Department has conducted an investigation into allegations that Dallas City Councilmember Scott Griggs improperly influenced or attempted to influence Assistant City Secretary Bilirae Johnson in the performance of her official duties.

After concluding the investigation, Chief David Brown stated that he believes that the nature of these allegations warrants further action, and has referred all testimony and other evidence to a Dallas County grand jury.

“Any allegations of this nature are taken seriously at the city of Dallas, and I want all city employees to know that their safety and security is my highest priority. I have the utmost confidence in Chief Brown and the Dallas Police Department and the manner in which they have handled this investigation,” Dallas City Manager A.C. Gonzalez stated. “Because the matter is now in the hands of the grand jury, it is inappropriate for me to comment any further at this time.”

Griggs’ attorney, Larry Friedman, stated that the charges against Griggs were unfounded, baseless and without merit.