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Free mosquito treatment given out to Grayson County residents

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GRAYSON COUNTY -- Lindsay Allen lives in Sherman and came to the city's municipal building Wednesday to pay a water bill. But he also asked for two free mosquito larvicide briquettes -- called Mosquito Dunks -- being given out by the city to help kill mosquitoes and the West Nile Virus they can carry.

"I'm a lot older and I used to not worry about it," Allen said. "But I'm 60 now, so I do worry about it quite a bit."

"We are right in the middle of mosquito season and therefore, right in the middle of West Nile season," Grayson County Health Department director John Teen said.

Teel says $20,000 worth of mosquito treatment was ordered last fall after the county reported 15 cases of West Nile, the highest level on record.

However, Teel says after contacting all 16 cities in Grayson County ahead of the 2013 mosquito season, he learned they still had a stock pile of the dunks because residents weren't picking them up.

"We were unpleasantly surprised that so few of our citizens took advantage of these no cost, no cost to them products," Teel said.

Teel says another order of the dunks has already been approved once cities, like Sherman, give them all away.

"We are distributing those for the county health department here at the city municipal building that's at 405 N. Rusk," Sherman public works director Don Keene said.

The briquettes can be tossed into standing water and release a chemical for 30 days on the surface that when eaten, kills larvae.

Lindsay Allen says he it helps take some of the bite out of a seemingly relentless mosquito season.

"They're very pesky and just a nuisance," Allen said. "If it'll help control the mosquitoes, I'm going to use it it'll tell you that."

If you live in the county, the briquettes are being given out at county precincts.

So far, there have been no reports of West Nile in Grayson County this year. However, the county is awaiting the results of its second round of testing, which should be returned by the end of the week.