Two Areas in North Richland Hills Test Positive for the West Nile Virus


DALLAS (WBAP/KLIF News) -The city of North Richland Hills will be spraying for mosquitos tonight after two areas of the city tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

If weather permits, the spraying is scheduled to start around 8:45p.m. The Everbridge system will be used to notify residents in Walker Creek and Northfield. The city says ground level spraying is done by licensed professionals using pesticide that is EPA-approved, for humans and the environment.

The city provided the following information via press release:

2018 Walker Creek area spray map2018 Northfield area spray map

While the city is proactively working to control mosquito populations, citizen involvement and personal protection is essential. The most effective means of protection is to use mosquito repellent with DEET whenever you spend time outdoors, day and night, and to eliminate standing water around your homes and neighborhoods. Learn more about steps you should take to protect your family.

Ground level spraying conducted by the city is done by licensed professionals using pesticide that is EPA-approved as being safe for humans and the environment. While the pesticide is approved by the EPA, residents who are concerned about exposure are advised to take the following precautions:

Avoid being outside while spraying occurs, close windows and consider keeping pets inside.
If skin or clothes are exposed, wash them with soap and water.
Rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables with water as a general precautionary measure.
Cover small ornamental fish ponds.
Because the chemical breaks down quickly in sunlight and water, no special precautions are suggested for outdoor swimming areas.
Based on recommendations from Tarrant County Public Health, the city conducts ground level spraying within a 1-mile radius of a positive mosquito trap or human case of illness transmitted by mosquito. In addition, ponds, creeks and drainage channels in North Richland Hills are treated regularly with mosquito larvicide and/or minnows that feed on mosquito larvae. Learn more about mosquito control in North Richland Hills.

Questions regarding ground level spraying in NRH may be directed to the Public Works Department at 817-427-6460. Other general questions regarding mosquito-borne diseases may be directed to Tarrant County Public Health at 817-321-4700.

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