West Nile Virus
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Help Swat Down Mosquitoes & West Nile Virus
During warmer months (May - October) the City strongly recommends that residents take preventative measures to minimize their risk of contracting West Nile Virus, which is spread by infected mosquitoes. Steps that all residents should take include:
- DRAIN standing water in your yard and neighborhood to eliminate mosquito breeding sites. Place larvicide (also called mosquito briquettes or mosquito dunks) in standing water that can't be drained. Larvicide can be purchased at North Richland Hills home and garden stores.
- DUSK/DAWN are the times of day you should stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active.
- DRESS in long-sleeved shirts and pants when you are outside. Spray clothing with insect repellent.
- DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) is an ingredient to look for in your insect repellent. Other effective EPA-registered repellents include Picaridin (KBR 3023) or oil of lemon eucalyptus [active
ingredient: p-menthane 3,8-diol (PMD)]. (See Using Repellent Safely)
Take a safari through your backyard to find mosquito breeding sites in this interactive link from Texas A&M Agrilife Extension: http://mosquitosafari.tamu.edu/index.swf
Steps the City is Taking to Combat West Nile
The City is involved in a seasonal surveillance program under the direction of Tarrant County Public Health to monitor for West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne diseases within our community. During the months of May through October, mosquitoes are collected and submitted to the Tarrant County Public Health to test for West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne diseases.
In areas where West Nile Virus is detected, the city may utilize ground level spraying to help reduce the mosquito population. The spraying is done by licensed professionals using pesticide that is EPA-approved as being safe for humans and the environment. In addition, parks, trails, creeks, drainage channels and other green spaces are inspected regularly and treated with mosquito larvicide.
While these efforts help in reducing the mosquito population, they are not 100% effective and residents should take steps to protect themselves. Remember, mosquito control is everyone's responsibility!
Who to Call
To report standing water on City property, Please contact Public Works at 817-427-6460.
If your neighbor has high grass, a stagnant swimming pool, or junk and debris on his property that may be a breeding site for mosquitoes, please Contact Code Compliance at 817-427-6663.
Additional questions on how to prevent West Nile Virus may be directed to the Neighborhood Services Department at 817-427-6650.