Arlington to Conduct Targeted Ground Spraying for West Nile Virus July 18-20

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Editor’s Note: Because of an equipment malfunction, targeted ground spraying did not occur Monday night in the areas surrounding South Cooper Street at Lovers Lane and Saddle Ridge Drive at Yacht Club Drive. These areas will be sprayed Tuesday night and Wednesday night.

The City of Arlington has confirmed seven positive West Nile Virus (WNV) mosquito samples. As a result, the City will conduct targeted ground spraying in the following locations:

July 18 and July 19, between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., weather permitting:

East Mayfield Road at New York Avenue

Park Hill Drive at Mossy Oak Street

Douglas Court at North Cooper Street

Mansfield Webb Road at Ballweg Road

East Pioneer Parkway at Carter Drive

Saddle Ridge Drive at Yacht Club Drive

July 19 and July 20, between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., weather permitting:

South Cooper Street at Lovers Lane

Saddle Ridge Drive at Yacht Club Drive

Targeted ground spraying will occur following the City of Arlington Health Authority, Tarrant County Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.

The City will use an ultra-low volume application of Aqua-Reslin, a water-based permethrin product, 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. Crews have also surveyed low-lying areas for standing water.

Arlington residents are also reminded to enjoy the outdoors but remember the Three D’s to prevent mosquito bites:

  • 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. For shallow standing water that cannot be eliminated, check regularly for the presence of mosquito larvae and if seen, apply a biological larvicide often referred to as “mosquito dunks,” available at local hardware stores.

Click here for more information about mosquito borne illnesses and what you should know.

For more information about the targeted ground spraying, please call the City of Arlington’s Action Center at 817-459-6777.