Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Two mosquito traps test positive for West Nile Virus in Lantana

Denton County Public Health reported two positive West Nile Virus mosquito traps located in Lantana on Friday, according to a county news release.

DCPH will conduct truck-based ground spraying in the area located near the positive WNV mosquito traps from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday through Monday, weather permitting.

Click here for a detailed map of the spray area.

“We encourage Denton County residents to minimize their risk of exposure by eliminating potential mosquito sources around their homes and utilizing EPA-approved repellant,” said Juan Rodriguez, DCPH’s chief epidemiologist and assistant director.

The county advised 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 West Nile Virus in Denton County, including resources listing common backyard mosquito sources, frequently asked questions, and the latest local news.

Mark Smith
Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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