Arlington to Conduct Targeted Ground Spraying for WNV This Week

Articles WNV 07-07-15

The City of Arlington has confirmed a positive West Nile Virus (WNV) mosquito sample, collected from a trap in the following area:

As a result, the City will begin targeted ground spraying following recommendations from the City Of Arlington Health Authority, Tarrant County Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Contractors will conduct targeted ground spraying on Thursday, July 9, 2015 and Friday, July 10, 2015 from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., weather permitting. The City will use an ultra-low volume application of Permanone RTU, an oil-based Permethrin, in specific areas where larviciding and other measures have not proven effective.Employees and contractors have conducted routine trapping and larviciding in strategic locations throughout the City since the beginning of the season. For months, crews have surveyed low-lying areas for standing water.Arlington residents are also reminded to enjoy the outdoors, but to remember the Four D’s:

Dusk and dawn are the times of day you should try to stay indoors. This is when infected mosquitoes are most active.

Dress in long sleeves and pants when you’re outside. For extra protection, you may want to spray thin clothing with repellent.

DEET is an ingredient to look for in your insect repellent. Follow label instructions, and always wear repellent when outdoors.

Drain standing water in your yard and neighborhood where mosquitoes can breed. This includes old tires, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, etc. Mosquitoes may develop in any water stagnant for more than three or four days.

View the flyer featuring the Four D’s (English, Spanish and Vietnamese) Get the facts about West Nile Virus, by visiting: http://www.arlingtontx.gov/westnile

19 thoughts on “Arlington to Conduct Targeted Ground Spraying for WNV This Week”

  1. I live at 2207 Southcrest Dr arlington 76013
    There is a drain in front of our driveway that runs under our driveway and comes out behind our house in Kelly park. There is a mosquito breeding small pond that does not go down to Rush Creek as it should.
    My husband has cancer and his immune system is compromised, could you please come and check the standing water, I am concerned. Thank you

    1. Thanks for your comment. We should be able to assist with the standing water. Someone will contact you shortly.

  2. I would like to make a request, please do not spray my front & back yard on Clover Park Drive, Arlington. I have several pollinator gardens covered with Beneficial Insects for my gardens.

    What can I do to put my house on a No Spray list? Can you help me with this request?
    Thanks for your time.

    1. Hi Carrie, I’ve contacted the Arlington Fire Department. They have given your address to the spray contractor who will turn off the sprayer in front of your house.

  3. The city’s advice for using deet is not supported by the latest research by Consumer Reports which test insect repellents. See http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/insect-repellent/buying-guide.htm They say “We also provide unbiased insect repellent Ratings and reviews to help you choose the best insect repellent for your needs, including whether you should buy a product containing the ingredient deet. That chemical can help keep mosquitoes and ticks away, but our safety experts worry that the products might pose risks to people and the environment. Recommended insect repellents are both aerosols and pump sprays, and all provide at least five hours of protection against bites from Aedes and Culex mosquitoes and deer ticks.”
    Their two top recommendations contain no deet. They are Sawyer Fisherman’s Formula Picaridin pump spray and Repel Lemon Eucalyptus pump spray(easier to find). I have both. Sawyers does not smell much but Repel has a strong lemon eucalyptus smell for a while.

  4. It would be nice if you could go just a little more east to Fielder. It’s impossible to go outside ANY time of the day. Those little devils are awful.

    1. The spraying isn’t about whether mosquitos are annoying, at least I hope not. Spraying doesn’t just kill mosquitos. It also kills insects that make it possible for plants you love to continue staying alive.

      I would recommend giving up the concept of, “Death to anything that causes me inconvenience! Death! Horrible death!” After all, sometimes humans cause you inconvenience. Are you willing to extend those ideas to them as well?

    1. The City of Arlington, in coordination with the Arlington Health Authority and our contracted Vector Control Specialist, follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for disease prevention in spraying a ½ mile radius from a positive mosquito trap location. Fortunately, the trap near your location has not yielded any positive West Nile Virus samples and therefore is not scheduled for spraying at this time.

  5. Concerned about birds (many newly fledged ones), butterflies, various OK insects, my many anoles, bullfrogs, fish, amphibians. Compounds used should not adversely affect any of these critters. Pantego not being sprayed.

  6. What color on the map indicates what areas will be sprayed tonight? Red or Gray? Thanks!

    1. Hi Kevin, Pantego is spraying their entire town (Gray shaded areas)
      The area WITHIN Arlington being sprayed are shaded in Red.

  7. Someone at the city needs to go back and review the map for spraying Woodland West. Why are you leaving out the small section on Buffalo Drive and Lake Shore. Buffalo Drive backs up to a creek (street drainage creek) behind out houses and the railroad tracks. This makes no sense, and you can’t go out without being eaten up! Please look at this.

    1. The City of Arlington, in coordination with the Arlington Health Authority and our contracted Vector Control Specialist, follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for disease prevention in spraying a ½ mile radius from the positive mosquito trap location (Forest Edge Dr. at Park Row Dr.). The area you are inquiring about is outside of that radius. What is not noted on the map is that the Town of Pantego had samples from two of their traps also test positive for WNV. Because there are portions of Arlington within a half mile radius of the Pantego positive traps, much of the Arlington area scheduled for spraying is due to the traps in Pantego near our border. Link to map: http://www.arlington-tx.gov/news/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2015/07/Arlington-and-Pantego-7-9-15.pdf

      1. Thank you for your response to my question. Where is the nearest testing site to the area for Buffalo Dr that backs up to the tracks and creek? Curious, we can’t go out without being eaten alive even using bug spray.

  8. This map totally left out Buffalo Drive and Lakeshore which is part of Woodland West. Buffalo Drive backs up to the creek (street drainage) and rail road tracks and the mosquito’s are awful yet you and leaving out this small section of the area? Makes no sense!!!!

    1. Hi Anne, We haven’t noticed any issues opening up the PDF map. What browser are you using?

  9. Why aren’t doing all of Woodland West, like Buffalo Drive and Lakeshore. All backup to water.

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