In a continued effort to proactively fight the mosquito population and help prevent West Nile Virus, the City of North Richland Hills will conduct ground level spraying in the northern sector of the city. Focus will be placed on the same geographic area for three consecutive days which is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control for maximum effectiveness. This action is being taken because a resident who resides in the area has tested positive for West Nile Virus.
The spraying, which is dependent upon the weather, will begin each evening at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 28, 29 and 30. Crews will also spray parkland and greenbelt areas at dawn between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The spraying will focus on the Little Bear Creek corridor and areas adjacent to the corridor and its tributaries. This includes portions of the city that are north of Bursey Road and Rumfield Road, which is generally highlighted in yellow on the map below.
The spraying is done by licensed professionals using pesticide that is EPA-approved as being safe for humans and the environment. While the pesticide is approved by the EPA, residents who are concerned about exposure are advised to take the following precautions:
- Avoid being outside, close windows and consider keeping pets inside while spraying occurs.
- If skin or clothes are exposed, wash them with soap and water.
- Rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables with water as a general precautionary measure.
- Cover small ornamental fish ponds.
- Because the chemical breaks down quickly in sunlight and water, no special precautions are suggested for outdoor swimming areas.
In addition to ground level spraying, ponds, creeks and drainage channels continue to be treated regularly with mosquito larvicide.
While spraying reduces the mosquito population somewhat, it is not 100% effective and residents should take steps to protect themselves. The city strongly recommends that residents:
- Use mosquito repellant with DEET.
- Avoid going outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes that carry West Nile are most active.
- Dress in long sleeves and pants.
- Drain standing water on your property and place larvicide in standing water that cannot be drained.
Questions regarding ground level spraying may be directed to the Public Works Department at 817-427-6460. Other general questions regarding West Nile Virus and preventative measures may be directed to the Neighborhood Services Department at 817-427-6650.