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Published on June 12, 2024
Arlington Hits Back at West Nile Virus with Targeted Mosquito Spraying CampaignSource: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The West Nile Virus is on Arlington's radar, with the city confirming at least one positive mosquito sample and getting ready to unroll targeted ground spraying efforts to mitigate the spread. The impending counterattack against these bloodsuckers is set to take place at Park Hill Drive at Mossy Oak Street, with the city dispatching contractors to hose down the area with a permethrin-based pesticide over two consecutive nights starting June 11, according to the City of Arlington, Texas.

In response to the identified threat, the spraying operations are due to unfurl between the twilight and dawn hours of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., this approach follows recommendations from the City of Arlington Health Authority, Tarrant County Public Health, and the CDC, that advocate for spraying only when there's a definitive sign of virus-carrying mosquitoes. Arlington is no stranger to the mosquito menace, having engaged in routine trapping and the deployment of larvicide traps in strategic spots around the city since mosquito season buzzed in, contractors also have taken it upon themselves to canvas for mosquito breeding hotspots, such as stagnant water in low-lying zones, to head off any potential infestations before they take wing.

For the concerned citizens, Arlington's defense against mosquitoes isn't only spraying, they're partnering with Tarrant County Public Health to spread the word about proactive personal measures. Simple stuff like covering up with long sleeves and pants, using DEET-laden repellent, draining idle water collecting around your home, and patching up areas like clogged gutters that might invite mosquitoes to breed. Residents who are worried about the possible effects of the ground spraying on their health, particularly those with chemical sensitivities or respiratory conditions, have been advised to stay indoors during the spraying periods though the city assures the pesticide's residual impact is minimal on both animals and the environment.

Should questions arise or you wish to hear more about WNV prevention methods, and the ground spraying strategy, Arlington's got you covered with their Action Center hotline at 817-459-6777, and they even have this neat app called "Ask Arlington" meant to keep residents in the loop about spraying updates or to report waterlogged mosquito havens, all a part of an effort to clamp down on vectors of disease transmission and protect public health.