Dallas takes drastic step towards fighting the West Nile virus.
Planes took off last night from Dallas Executive Airport to begin aerial spraying to kill mosquitoes responsible for the West Nile virus which has hit north Texas especially hard this year.
The aerial spraying of insecticide is somewhat controversial, because of possible side effects, but officials say it's the best way to fight the virus.
The same pesticides that kill West Nile virus carrying mosquitoes can kill honeybees.
The Texas Honeybee Guild is opposing the spraying are bee-keepers.
They say they already lost one colony to ground spraying in the Dallas area.
“They really do look like they've been put through a neurotoxin. It's not a pretty sight,” said Susan Pollard of the Texas Honeybee Guild
So far that claim has not been proven, however in an effort to protect the rest of Dallas area bees, the Guild say they are covering up their colonies from the nightly sprays.
It's too early to tell what ground and aerial pesticides will do to the north Texas honeybee.
The company that manufactures the aerial spray admits it could be toxic to bees, but that the aerial spray is less concentrated than the ground spray.