The City of Arlington has confirmed three positive West Nile Virus (WNV) mosquito samples. As a result, the City will conduct targeted ground spraying in the following locations:Helen Drive at Hadley DrivePark Hill Drive at Mossy Oak StreetEast Road to Six Flags Street at Ballpark WayAdditionally, the Town of Pantego has confirmed one positive West Nile Virus (WNV) mosquito sample in an area on the City of Arlington’s border. Even though the positive trap location wasin Pantego, the CDC recommended targeted ground spraying distance from the trap location will include portions of the City of Arlington.Peachtree Lane and Silver Leaf DriveTargeted ground spraying will occur following the City of Arlington Health Authority, Tarrant County Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. Contractors will conduct targeted ground spraying on Monday, September 12 and Tuesday, September 13 between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., weather permitting.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.