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.
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