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Mosquito trap tests positive for West Nile Virus near Northlake

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Denton County reported Monday a positive West Nile Virus mosquito trap southeast of Northlake, in and around the Northwest Regional Airport.

Denton County Public Health will conduct truck-based ground spraying in the area — southeast of Interstate 35W and FM 1171 beginning Wednesday. The ground spraying schedule is, weather permitting:

  • Wednesday from 9 p.m. – 5 a.m.
  • Thursday from 9 p.m. – 5 a.m.
  • Friday from 9 p.m. – 5 a.m.

“We encourage residents to actively participate in protecting themselves against mosquitoes through adherence to recommended precautions, including eliminating standing water near their homes, utilizing EPA-approved repellant, and limiting skin exposure when outdoors,” said Matt Richardson, director of Public Health.

The county said residents should take the following steps to minimize risk of contracting WNV:

  • Drain standing water around your home, such as bird baths or pet dishes. Consider the use of BTI briquettes (or mosquito dunks) in standing water that cannot be eliminated.
  • Be aware of mosquitos during active times between dusk and dawn.
  • Defend yourself by using insect repellent that contains DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus when outdoors.  Use as directed on label instructions.
  • Dress in long-sleeves, pants, and socks when outside to reduce skin exposure.

Click here for more information from the county.

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