Friday, September 18, 2020

Fight the Bite: How to Help Prevent West Nile Virus

Summer is peak mosquito season. Bug bites can be a pain, but even more concerning is the potential for contracting a serious virus spread by infected mosquitoes, like West Nile Virus.

It’s important to both recognize the symptoms of the virus and know what to do to protect yourself and your yard.

Know the symptoms

According to Tarrant County Public Health, up to 80 percent of people infected with West Nile Virus do not develop symptoms. The roughly 20 percent of infected people who develop symptoms may suffer from a fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Most people with this type of West Nile Virus disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months. Less than one percent of infected people develop severe symptoms of a headache, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures or paralysis as the result of inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues. If you suspect you have contracted West Nile Virus, contact your health care provider.

The good news is that positive tests for Tarrant County have been fairly low this year. So far this season, Tarrant County has only had 31 positive mosquito samples for the season, or April through July, compared to the 2017 season with 48 positive samples. You can help keep the numbers low this year by taking precautions.

Protect yourself

The Office of Emergency Management has an effective Vector Control, mosquito testing, program in place. The weekly tests monitor and reduce the risk of mosquito-transmitted diseases. If there is a positive West Nile test in Southlake, the City uses effective methods to control the threat by using EPA-approved pesticides on public property.

There are steps that you can take to protect your own property from mosquitos.

Make your yard an undesirable environment for mosquitoes. Since mosquitoes need water to breed, dispose of any standing water on your property. If water cannot be dumped or drained, use a larvicide to kill immature mosquitoes before they become adults. Larvicides, which are typically sold as tablets or granules, are applied directly to water sources that hold mosquito eggs or larvae and can help to reduce the mosquito population by limiting the number of new mosquitoes that are produced.

If adult mosquitoes are airborne on your property, liquid adulticides can be dispensed as fine aerosol droplets from hand-held sprayers. Adulticides stay aloft and kill flying mosquitoes on contact, immediately impacting the number of adult mosquitoes in an area.

In addition to reducing the mosquito population in your surroundings, wear long sleeves and pants to limit mosquito bites or use DEET-based insect repellents when outdoors.

For additional educational information about mosquitoes or to learn more about the City’s response to mosquitoes, visit the Office of Emergency Management’s webpage or call them at 817-748-8903.

City to Spray for West Nile Virus in Four Locations

The City of Southlake has received notice from Tarrant County Public Health that three mosquito traps in Southlake have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

The positive samples are located in the 2200 block of Shady Oaks Drive, the 800 block of Shady Lane, and the 2100 block of Lonesome Dove Ave. There is also a positive sample reported in the 500 block of Forest Meadows in Colleyville that borders our City.

The City will respond with targeted spraying for three consecutive nights within a half-mile radius of each of the positive trap locations, including the one in Colleyville that borders the City of Southlake. Spraying will start on Thursday night, September 22 and continue through Saturday night, September 24, weather permitting. Fire Chief Mike Starr says, “The City continues to proactively address the affected areas each week. We appreciate the public’s assistance in helping us reduce the West Nile Virus mosquito population.”

Please remember to continue taking personal protective measures 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 the 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 coordinator at cupton@ci.southlake.tx.us.

 

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City to Spray After Four Positive West Nile Virus Samples

The City of Southlake has received notice from Tarrant County Public Health that four mosquito traps in Southlake have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

The positive samples are located in the 100 block of Meadowlark Lane, the 2200 block of Shady Oaks Drive, 800 block of Shady Lane, and the 700 block of Ashleigh Lane.

The City will respond with targeted spraying for three consecutive nights within a half-mile radius of each of the positive trap locations. Spraying will start on Thursday night, September 15 and continue through Saturday night, September 18, weather permitting.

Please remember to continue taking personal protective measures 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 the 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 coordinator at cupton@ci.southlake.tx.us.

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City to Spray Following One Positive Sample of West Nile Virus

The City of Southlake has received notice from Tarrant County Public Health that one mosquito trap in Southlake has tested positive for the West Nile virus. The positive sample is located in the 800 block of Shady Lane.

The City will respond with targeted spraying for three consecutive nights within a half-mile radius of each of the positive trap locations. Spraying will start on Thursday night, September 8 and continue through Saturday night, September 11, weather permitting.

Please remember to continue taking personal protective measures 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 the 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 coordinator at cupton@ci.southlake.tx.us.

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No West Nile Virus Positive Samples in Southlake But One in Colleyville

The City has great news to report to the residents of Southlake. All of the West Nile Virus traps set last week came back with ZERO positive results for West Nile Virus.

While that is good news, our neighboring City of Colleyville had one sample test positive for West Nile Virus in the Forest Meadow neighborhood. Fire Chief Mike Starr says, “Because that positive sample borders Southlake, the City is planning take proactive measures and spray within a half-mile radius of the sample.”

 The City of Southlake will utilize targeted ground spraying which will start on Thursday night September 1, and continue through Saturday night September 3, weather permitting.

Please remember to continue taking personal protective measures 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 the 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 coordinator at cupton@ci.southlake.tx.us.

 

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More Positive West Nile Virus Samples

The City of Southlake has received notice from Tarrant County Public Health that five mosquito traps in Southlake and one trap in Colleyville, on the Southlake border, tested positive for the West Nile virus.

August is typically our most active month for mosquitoes and West Nile virus; despite the number of positive mosquito traps, these results align with the averages we typically see in August.

The positive trap locations were:

  • 900 block of Shady Oaks Dr.
  • 700 block of Ashleigh Ln.
  • 800 block of Shady Ln.
  • 300 block of Watermere Dr.
  • 400 block of West Highland St.
  • And 400 block of Forest Meadow Dr. in Colleyville.

In response to the current positive samples reported, the City will begin spraying at night within a half-mile radius of the positive test result locations. The spraying will start on Thursday night, August 18, and continue through Saturday night, weather permitting.  The City of Southlake will continue to work with residents and businesses to address any new concerns that may arise allowing the City to proactively address the virus before it spreads.

The City will also continue to set more traps throughout the year to ensure the safety of our residents and to address any concerns our citizens may have. Fire Chief Mike Starr says, “We want to encourage all residents and businesses to help control the mosquito population by eliminating standing water, which is critical with the rain in the forecast.”

Please remember these 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.

  • Drain standing water in artificial containers; this is the primary source of mosquitoes
  • Dress in long sleeves
  • Wear insect repellent containing DEET

The City of Southlake keeps a limited supply of mosquito dunks for our residents. The mosquito dunks can be picked up at Public Works Operations at 1950 E. Continental or DPS Headquarters at 600 State St. And as always, if you have any mosquito concerns, please reach out to our environmental coordinator at cupton@ci.southlake.tx.us.

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.

 

City to Spray After Four Positive Samples of West Nile Virus Reported

The City of Southlake has received notice of four positive West Nile Virus samples from mosquito traps set in four separate locations.

The four locations are:

1) 800 block of Shady Lane

2) 500 block of Bob Jones Road

3) 3200 block Woodland Road

4) 7oo block Ashleigh Lane

Although four positive West Nile Virus samples are double the amount we have received so far this year, we want residents to know that the City strategically set additional traps in areas that have seen increases in mosquito populations.

Environmental Coordinator Christi Upton says, “In response to concerns about West Nile Virus, the City continues to work with residents and businesses to address any new concerns that may arise. Because the City strategically investigates potential areas where West Nile Virus may be found, the City can proactively address the virus before it spreads.”

It’s also important to know that August is traditionally our most active month for West Nile Virus. North Texas Health Departments have been reporting an increase in West Nile Virus in the environment.  The volume of West Nile mosquito samples and cases is greater than any year since 2012, when the last major outbreak occurred.

The City of Southlake will continue to set more traps throughout the year to ensure the safety of our residents and to address any concerns our citizens may have. The current plan calls for an increase in the number of traps, from six to nine, beginning next week.

In response to the current positive samples reported, the City will begin spraying at night within a half mile of all four positive test result locations. The spraying will start on Thursday night 8/11 and continue through Saturday night, weather permitting.

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.

  • Drain standing water in artificial containers; or treat the water with mosquito dunks is the primary source of mosquitoes
  • Dress in long sleeves
  • Wear insect repellent containing DEET

The City of Southlake keeps a limited supply of mosquito dunks for our residents. The mosquito dunks can be picked up at Public Works Operations at 1950 E. Continental or DPS Headquarters at 600 State St. And as always, if you have any mosquito concerns, please reach out to our environmental coordinator at cupton@ci.southlake.tx.us.

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.

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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City to Spray After Positive West Nile Virus Sample

The City of Southlake has been notified that a mosquito sample has tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

The City of Southlake will respond by ground spraying within a half-mile of the positive test result that was located in the 700 block of Ashleigh Lane. The spraying will occur for three consecutive nights starting Thursday, July 21 and continuing through Saturday, July 23, weather permitting.

You can help do your part by being proactive against the West Nile Virus. To help eliminate mosquito breeding grounds, regularly check for sources of water in and around your home or business and empty any containers with standing water.

We also want to remind everyone to stay vigilant and proactive in protecting yourself and your family from mosquitoes.

Remember to:

  • Dress in long sleeves
  • Wear insect repellent containing DEET
  • Drain standing water, which is especially important after the recent rains.

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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