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Mosquito trap tests positive for West Nile Virus near Northlake

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Denton County Public Health reported Tuesday evening that a mosquito trap near Northlake and Flower Mound tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The trap was located at or near the Northwest Regional Airport, which is in unincorporated Denton County close to the town limits of Northlake and Flower Mound.

The county also reported a positive trap north of Denton.

DCPH will conduct truck-based ground spraying in the area near the positive WNV mosquito traps under the following schedule, weather permitting:

  • Wednesday between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Thursday between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Friday between 9 p.m. and 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 Dr. Matt Richardson, Director of Public Health.

The county news release 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 about WNV from the county.

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