The City of Southlake has received notice from Tarrant County Public Health that one mosquito trap in Southlake has tested positive for West Nile Virus.
The positive West Nile Virus trap is located in the 100 block of Meadowlark Lane. The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) does not believe the pond is the location of mosquito breeding as it is stocked with fish which eat mosquito larvae. The location is in an area behind the body of water.
The City will begin spraying within the half-mile radius from the trap location. Spraying will begin on Thursday night, October 12, and continue through Saturday night, October 14, weather permitting. Additionally, OEM will set out another trap at this location today (October 11) to monitor the situation. The chemicals in the spray are specifically designed to target mosquitos with a quick burn-off in sunlight to mitigate any pet health concerns.
Fire Chief Mike Starr who also oversees emergency management services, asks residents to continue taking protective measures to help reduce the mosquito population including:
- Drain standing water in artificial containers; this is the primary source of mosquitoes
- Dress in long sleeves
- Wear insect repellent containing DEET
For more information about West Nile Virus, personal protective measures, or response actions, please visit CityofSouthlake.com or MySouthlakeNews.com. And as always, if you have any mosquito concerns, please reach out to our environmental and emergency management coordinator Eric Hutmacher at (817) 748-8624 or email him at email@example.com.
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