In a continued effort to proactively fight the mosquito population and help prevent West Nile Virus, the City of North Richland Hills will conduct ground level spraying in three areas of the city on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, September 21, 22 and 23, 2014. The spraying will take place ¼ mile around:
7200 block of Dick Fisher Drive;
7800 block of Clover Leaf Drive;
Cross Timbers Park, 7680 Douglas Lane.
These areas are generally shown in yellow on the map below:
The spraying, which is dependent upon the weather, will take place between 8:00 p.m. and midnight. To make sure each area gets covered, some spraying may also take place at dawn between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. The city will use its Code Red telephone system to notify residents in the areas to be sprayed.
This action is being taken because mosquito samples from these areas tested positive for the West Nile Virus. While the City is working proactively to control mosquito populations and lower the threat of West Nile virus, citizen involvement is essential.
The most effective means of protection, even more protective than ground level spraying, is to use mosquito repellent with DEET and to eliminate standing water around your homes and neighborhoods.
You should also avoid spending time outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes that may carry West Nile Virus are most active. 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 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.
In addition spraying, ponds, creeks and drainage channels in North Richland Hills 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.