The City of North Richland Hills is expanding mosquito spraying activities this weekend after 5 additional mosquito samples tested positive for the West Nile Virus.
As recommended by Tarrant County Public Health, the city will spray a ¼ mile radius around where the positive mosquito pools were collected. This includes areas around Cross Timbers Park, Walkers Creek Park, the 7200 block of Dick Fisher Drive and 6400 block of Onyx Drive North. These areas are shown in yellow on the map below.
The spraying, which is dependent upon the weather, will begin each evening at 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday August 29, 30 and 31. To make sure all areas get covered, spaying may also be conducted at dawn between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
The spraying of the areas indicated above is in addition to spraying in the northern sector of the city along the Little Bear Creek Corridor, which began Thursday and will continue as planned this weekend. Focus is placed on the same geographic areas for three consecutive days which is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control for maximum effectiveness.
While the City is working proactively to control mosquito populations and lower the threat of West Nile virus, citizen involvement is essential. The City reminds citizens to use mosquito repellent with DEET and to eliminate standing water around your home. Help control the mosquito population by eliminating water from these and other areas:
• Open trash/recycling carts • Boats and pool covers
• Fountains and bird baths • Clogged rain gutters
• Low areas • Buckets and barrels
• Flower pots and saucers • Leaky hoses
• Wagons and other toys • Ponds
• Neglected pools • Tires
• Piles of trash or debris
You can find more information about preventing West Nile Virus at www.nrhtx.com/westnile.
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, close windows and consider keeping pets inside while spraying occurs. • 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.
In addition spraying, ponds, creeks and drainage channels continue to be treated regularly with mosquito larvicide.
Questions regarding ground level spraying may be directed to the Public Works Department at 817-427-6460. Other general questions regarding West Nile Virus and preventative measures may be directed to the Neighborhood Services Department at 817-427-6650.