Mosquito trap near Argyle tests positive for West Nile Virus

Denton County Public Health reported three positive West Nile Virus mosquito traps in unincorporated Denton County on Tuesday, including one northeast of Argyle.

DCPH will conduct truck-based ground spraying in the area located near the positive WNV mosquito traps beginning Wednesday night, according to a county news release. 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.

More information and detailed maps of the spray areas can be found here.

“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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