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Brent Stowers, Royse City’s parks superintendent, shows a trap the city uses to catch mosquitoes. After the mosquitoes are trapped, they are transferred to a cylinder and sent to the state for testing. City Manager Carl Alsabrook reported at a recent meeting that mosquitoes are trapped weekly at various locations in the city. Samples -- 50-70 from each location -- are then sent to state officials for testing. So far, he said, no mosquitoes trapped in Royse City have tested positive for the West Nile virus.

Royse City officials don’t have plans at this time to spray for mosquitoes.

“We made a decision early on to not indiscriminately spray for mosquitoes until we knew we were going to have a problem,” City Manager Carl Alsabrook told the city council on Aug. 27.

To date, he said, city workers have not trapped any mosquitoes that have tested positive for the West Nile virus.

The city manager reported that mosquitoes are trapped weekly at various locations in the city. Samples — 50-70 from each location — are then sent to state officials for testing.

“Again, in short, we’ve had none that were infected, so our decision, I think, early on, not to spray was a wise one.” Alsabrook said. “We will continue to monitor throughout the summer.”

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