Monday, February 26, 2024

Mosquito tests positive for West Nile virus in Flower Mound

The town of Flower Mound Environmental Health Services Division has confirmed a mosquito sample collected in the 3000 block of Woodpark Drive has tested positive for the West Nile virus, according to a news release sent Tuesday by the town.

This is the first positive mosquito sample found in the town this year.

The town scheduled spraying operations in the approximate one-half square-mile radius surrounding the area where the positive sample was collected Wednesday through Friday between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., according to the news release. Spraying operations may be rescheduled if weather conditions are not suitable.

The town of Flower Mound will spray for mosquitos in the highlighted area (image courtesy of the town of Flower Mound).

Residents in the affected neighborhoods will be notified by the community notification call system and community signs placed at major intersections within the spraying area. Residents are advised to minimize exposure when possible.

The following precautionary steps were also recommended to avoid mosquitoes:

  • Stay indoors during spraying events if possible
  • If outside or in a vehicle during this time, be alert for the spraying truck and maintain a safe distance
  • If the spray should contact skin or eyes, wash skin with soap and water, and rinse eyes with water or saline solution
  • Close windows
  • Wash exposed fruits and vegetables before eating

There are no special precautions or waiting period recommendations for swimming pools regarding ground spraying. Town staff will continue to conduct additional inspections and monitor the area after treatment. The insecticide used in spraying is applied at ultra-low levels, breaks down quickly and does not leave a toxic residue, according to the town. For more information, contact Flower Mound Environmental Services at 972-874-6340 or click here.

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

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