Targeted spraying for West Nile Virus in north and south Fort Worth

The City of Fort Worth is constantly trapping and testing mosquitoes for West Nile Virus, and number of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus in south Fort Worth in the area near Creekwood Lane, and in north Fort Worth in the areas near Rushmore Court and Fire Station 38 on Park Vista.

In conjunction with the University of North Texas Health Science Center, the city has decided to target ground spray to kill disease-carrying mosquitoes.

Spraying dates and times

Spraying will take place from approximately 9 p.m. to midnight, and will be conducted within an approximate half-mile range of the trapping area. If a weather delay occurs on the first night, then spraying will be pushed to the following evening.

Creekwood Lane

Creekwood Lane area

Targeted ground spraying is scheduled to be conducted in the Creekwood Lane area of Fort Worth, zip code 76123, on the following days:

  • Sunday, Aug. 13
  • Monday, Aug. 14
  • Tuesday, Aug. 15

Fire Station 38

Fire Station 38 on Park Vista

Targeted ground spraying is scheduled to be conducted in the area of Fort Worth near Fire Station 38 on Park Vista, zip code 76244, on the following days:

  • Sunday, Aug. 13
  • Monday, Aug. 14
  • Tuesday, Aug. 15

Rushmore Court

Rushmore Court

Targeted ground spraying is scheduled to be conducted in the Rushmore Court area of Fort Worth, zip code 76137, on the following days:

  • Sunday, Aug. 13
  • Monday, Aug. 14
  • Tuesday, Aug. 15

The chemical used in the spray is similar to that sold over the counter at hardware stores, however, it is 3,500 times less concentrated. The spray is not hazardous to humans, pets, fish or larger insects. It’s deactivated by sunlight at daybreak.

Out of an abundance of caution, residents are asked to keep pets indoors and to keep windows closed during spraying. Except for a visible mist at the nozzle of the unit, residents should not expect to see a “fog,” and the spray concentrate is so low that most people cannot even detect an odor.

All residents in the area are asked to remain vigilant in draining water sources that are breeding pools for mosquitoes, and to wear mosquito repellant when outdoors.

Amping it up

In order to remain proactive when it comes to preventing the spread of mosquito viruses in the Fort Worth area, the city is “amping up” testing and preventative maintenance.

Fort Worth Code Compliance officers will be canvasing the neighborhood within a half-mile radius from the testing site, looking for possible mosquito hazards, and removing them from public property.

Additionally, the city will be mowing high grass and weeds, and trimming trees on public property near the testing site within the coming days.

Code officers will canvas the area prior to and during spraying. Additional information is available by calling the City Call Center at 817-392-1234 or visiting the city’s West Nile Virus page.

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