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The city of Arlington is conducting target ground spraying this week after confirming four positive West Nile Virus (WNV) mosquito samples

ARLINGTON, Texas — There is another ground-spraying operation in Arlington this week in response to the detection of four West Nile Virus (WNV) positive mosquito samples.

This initiative follows an earlier instance, almost a month ago, when the city discovered a single WNV positive mosquito in the vicinity of Forest Edge Drive and Park Row Drive, an event that also precipitated an immediate ground-spraying response.

Ground-spraying operation in Arlington to take place at several locations

City authorities have clarified that the meticulous ground spraying program will be carried out in the hours between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21, and Thursday, June 22, depending upon favorable weather conditions. Four particular zones have been earmarked for this operation:

  • The intersection of Park Hill Drive and Mossy Oak Street
  • The crossing of Cooper Street at Lovers Lane
  • The vicinity of Jake Langston Park and Woodside Drive
  • The juncture of Forestwood Drive and Arbor Oaks Drive

The underlying objective of these methodical ground-spraying operations is to expediently diminish the adult mosquito populace known to carry the virus.

Arlington’s proactive approach has been evident since the inception of the mosquito season. This approach incorporates routine trapping and strategic larvicide deployment, as well as inspection of the city’s low-lying regions for stagnant water.

For the impending ground spraying, Arlington has commissioned a contractor who will use a water-based permethrin solution in a micro-volume application, particularly in areas where larvicide deployment and other measures have shown limited success.

Arlington city assures that the focused ground-spraying exercise poses negligible risks to the local fauna or environmental integrity. However, individuals with chemical sensitivities or respiratory conditions are advised to remain indoors during the spraying process. The city further emphasized that the pesticide will decompose in the environment post-dissipation, resulting in minimal residual impact.

In addition to these measures, the city has allied with Tarrant County Public Health to disseminate essential preventative advice for citizens, encouraging them to take straightforward steps to avoid mosquito bites while engaging in outdoor activities.

  • Dress in long sleeves and pants when you’re outside. For extra protection, you may want to spray thin clothing with repellent.
  • DEET is an ingredient to look for in your insect repellent. Follow label instruction, and always wear repellent when outdoors.
  • Drain standing water in your yard and neighborhood where mosquitoes can breed

For more information concerning the ground spraying, you can call the city’s action center at 817-459-6777.

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