The City of Arlington has confirmed two positive West Nile Virus (WNV) mosquito samples. As a result, the City will conduct targeted ground spraying in the following locations:
Additionally, the Town of Pantego has confirmed two positive West Nile Virus (WNV) mosquito samples in areas on the City of Arlington’s border. Even though the positive trap locations were in Pantego, the CDC recommended a targeted ground spraying distance from the trap locations that will include portions of the City of Arlington.
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. Contractors will conduct targeted ground spraying on Sunday, August 20 and Monday, August 21 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.
For more information about the targeted ground spraying, please call the City of Arlington’s Action Center at 817-459-6777.Click here to learn more facts about West Nile Virus and other mosquito borne illness and how to prevent mosquito breeding sites.