Mosquito trap tests positive for West Nile Virus in Lantana

Denton County Public Health reported Tuesday morning a positive West Nile Virus  mosquito trap in Lantana.

It’s the third positive mosquito trap in Lantana this year.

DCPH will conduct truck-based ground spraying in the area located near the positive WNV mosquito trap beginning Wednesday. The ground spraying schedule is as follows, weather permitting:

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

A detailed map of the spray area and additional information can be found here. Residents in the affected area are being informed Tuesday.

“While the Denton County Public Health team is taking an active role to minimize risk of exposure through ground spraying, we recommend that residents continue to follow recommended precautions to further protect themselves,” said Juan Rodriguez, assistant director and chief epidemiologist at DCPH.

Residents should take the following steps to minimize risk of contracting WNV, according to the county:

  • 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.


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

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