Friday, June 18, 2021

City to Spray After Positive Sample of West Nile Virus Reported

For the third time this year, a mosquito trap in Southlake has tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

The City of Southlake will respond by spraying at night within a half mile of the positive test result which occurred in the 1300 block of Shady Oaks Drive. The spraying will start on Thursday night and continue through Saturday night, weather permitting.

Across the region, we are seeing an increase in the number of mosquitoes and West Nile Virus in the environment. Please remember the personal protective measures you can take:
· Drain standing water in artificial containers; this is the primary source of mosquitoes
· Dress in long sleeves
· Wear insect repellent containing DEET

Again, please remember the personal preparedness steps you can take to help protect yourself from the West Nile Virus while the City works to control the mosquito population through targeted spraying.

For more information about the West Nile Virus, personal protective measures, or response actions, please visit CityofSouthlake.com or MySouthlakeNews.com.

To see an interactive map of the City of Southlake’s mosquito prevention efforts click here.

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Positive Sample for West Nile Virus Found

The City of Southlake has been notified that a mosquito sample has tested positive for West Nile Virus. The sample was taken from a trap in the 500 Block of Regency Crossing, located in Timarron.

The City will ground spray within a half-mile of the location and around where the sample was found (see map below). Ground spraying will remain within the City limits and will take place tomorrow night (8/21), Friday night (8/22) and Saturday night (8/23),  after 9 p.m. in accordance with the City’s West Nile Virus Action Plan.

During spraying residents are encouraged to follow these precautions:

  • Avoid being outside during spraying; close windows and keep pets inside.
  • 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.

Fire Chief Mike Starr has this reminder for residents: “Though we have had a quiet summer in terms of West Nile Virus, residents should not drop their guard. We are still in the peak of mosquito season and everyone should take proper precautions.”

Starr reminds everyone to Fight the Bite. Anything that can hold water for just a few days can become a mosquito breeding ground. Be sure to check your property for standing water. In addition to checking small containers, house gutters and French drains, staff encourages you to check for areas such as your water meter box, any tree holes, blocked irrigation heads, gutter drains and other underground pipes, pool overflow pipes, storm drains for the presence of standing water. Finally, don’t forget to use insect repellent whenever you are outside where mosquitoes may be present.

For more information on what Southlake is doing in the area of mosquito surveillance and control, please see CityofSouthlake.com/WestNileVirus.

Ground Spray Map for August 20, 2014

Ground Spray Map for August 21st, 22nd & 23rd (weather permitting)

 

UPDATE: Mosquito Sample Tests Positive for WNV – Ground Spraying to take place 9/12

UPDATE September 12, 2013: Spraying will begin at approximately 9:00p.m. and continue for several hours. Residents in the affected area are encouraged to take the proper precautions listed below during this time. For frequently asked questions about ground spraying, click here.

The City of Southlake has been notified that a mosquito sample has tested positive for the West Nile Virus. The sample was taken from a trap at 700 Greymoor Place which is located south of Rockenbaugh Elementary School. The City has made the decision to ground spray, using Permanonea, in a ½ mile radius  around where the sample was found (see map below).  Ground spraying will take place Thursday night (9/12) in accordance with the City’s West Nile Virus Action Plan.

“While this is Southlake’s first positive test this year, we feel that it’s important to take action quickly to help eliminate future positive tests,” said Public Works Director Bob Price. “In the meantime, people who live in the area are encouraged to protect themselves and their families, by using bug spray every time you go outdoors and staying indoors during the dusk and dawn hours.”

During spraying people are encouraged to follow these precautions:

  • Avoid being outside during spraying; close windows and keep pets inside.
  • 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.

Once spraying is complete, city staff will continue to inspect and if needed treat public property for mosquitoes. Mosquito samples will also continue to be taken in specified locations and then will be sent to Tarrant County for testing. Southlake residents are encouraged to remain vigilant on private property to help reduce the mosquito population.

Price reminds everyone to Fight the Bite. Anything that can hold water for just a few days can become a mosquito breeding ground. Be sure to check your property for standing water. In addition to checking small containers, house gutters and French drains, staff encourages you to check for areas such as your water meter box, any tree holes, blocked irrigation heads, gutter drains and other underground pipes, pool overflow pipes, storm drains for the presence of standing water. Finally, don’t forget to use insect repellent whenever you are outside where mosquitoes may be present.

For more information on what Southlake is doing in the area of mosquito surveillance and control, please see CityofSouthlake.com/WestNileVirus.

 

West Nile Virus Ground Spraying in parts of Southlake tonight

Early this morning the City of Southlake was notified by the City of Grapevine of its intention to ground spray after three mosquito samples came back positive for the West Nile Virus.  Tonight’s spraying efforts will include a small part of Southlake.

Positive mosquito samples were detected in the 1700 block of Northwest Highway, the 1500 block of N. Dooley Street and the 2500 block of Briarwood Drive. These areas are scheduled for mosquito control ground spraying on Thursday night, August 8 beginning at 10 p.m.

The City of Grapevine intends to spray ½ mile radius in each affected area. The area surrounding the 1700 block of Northwest High includes a small part of Southlake as illustrated in the green shaded area of the map below.

The City is notifying affected businesses about the ground spraying via Connect CTY, and My Southlake News, Southlake businesses are urged to take appropriate precautions.

Southlake’s weekly mosquito testing has shown no positive samples this summer. The City will continue to test throughout the West Nile Virus season which may not end until mid to late fall.

The public’s vigilance is a critical partner in reducing mosquito populations, and subsequently, the best defense against the spread of the virus.

Anything that can hold water for just a few days can become a mosquito breeding ground. Continue to check your property for standing water. In addition to checking small containers, house gutters and French drains, staff encourages you to check for areas such as your water meter box, any tree holes, blocked irrigation heads, gutter drains and other underground pipes, pool overflow pipes, storm drains for the presence of standing water.

And don’t forget to use insect repellent whenever you are outside where mosquitoes may be present. For more information on what Southlake is doing in the area of mosquito surveillance and control, please see www.CityofSouthlake.com/WestNileVirus.