Denton County Public Health (DCPH) is reporting two positive West Nile Virus (WNV) mosquito traps in unincorporated areas of Denton County. The first WNV-positive mosquito trap is located in unincorporated Denton County southeast of Northlake near Northwest Regional Airport. The second WNV-positive mosquito trap is located in unincorporated Denton County east of Lewisville near the Castle Hills community.
DCPH will conduct truck-based ground spraying in the areas near the positive WNV mosquito traps beginning Wednesday, September 2, 2020. The ground spraying schedule is as follows, weather permitting:
- Wednesday, September 2, 2020 between the hours of 9 PM and 5 AM
- Thursday, September 3, 2020 between the hours of 9 PM and 5 AM
- Friday, September 4, 2020 between the hours of 9 PM and 5 AM
“Today we report two additional positive mosquito traps in unincorporated Denton County,” stated Juan Rodriguez, Assistant Director and Chief Epidemiologist at DCPH. “Ground spraying in these unincorporated areas is weather dependent, but we are hopeful it can be completed as the rain ceases.”
DCPH advises residents to take the following steps to minimize risk of contracting WNV:
- Drain standing water in your yard and neighborhood to minimize mosquito breeding sites such as bird baths, flowerpots, and clogged rain gutters. Consider the use of BTI briquettes, often called mosquito dunks, in standing water that cannot be eliminated.
- Dress in long sleeves and pants when you are outside and spray thin clothing with repellent.
- Defend yourself by using EPA approved repellent. Check for ingredients like DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
A detailed map of the spray area is located below. For additional information including mosquito maps, latest news, and facts about WNV, visit the DCPH West Nile Virus website. Residents in the affected area are being informed via emergency alerts and signage.