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Published on June 21, 2024
Arlington and Pantego Launch Nighttime Mosquito Spraying in Response to West Nile Virus DetectionSource: City of Arlington, Texas

Residents within select areas of Arlington may hear the familiar but unwelcome drone of mosquito spraying rigs this week, targeting mosquitoes after the City confirmed a positive sample of West Nile Virus. The ground-level war against the mosquito-borne threat kicks off Wednesday, June 19, with crews set to spray between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., and again on Thursday, June 20, from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. In close collaboration with nature's timetable, these nighttime operations align with the peak activity hours of mosquitoes.

The Town of Pantego has also reported a positive West Nile Virus mosquito sample, notably in a proximity that borders the City of Arlington. This geographic overlap dictates that part of the Arlington will fall within the spray zone. According to what was posted on the Facebook page of the City of Arlington, Texas, the targeted ground spraying will follow CDC-recommended distances from the original trap site to encapsulate the area at risk.

The detection of West Nile Virus is no small matter. It’s a warning that the seasonal pests are, once again, potential carriers for a disease that has had a historic impact on public health. Common symptoms include fever, headache, and fatigue, but severe cases can escalate to neurological illnesses such as meningitis or encephalitis. The City encourages preventative measures, such as using insect repellent and wearing long sleeves and pants during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.