Ground spraying for mosquitoes will take place on the evening of Wednesday, October 5 in a northern portion of the city after mosquito samples tested positive for a mosquito-borne illness. The area is shown in yellow on the map. The spraying, which is dependent on the weather, is scheduled to begin at around 7:30 p.m. The city will use its Everbridge system to notify residents in areas to be sprayed.
While the city is proactively working to control mosquito populations, citizen involvement and personal protection is essential. The most effective means of protection is to use mosquito repellent with DEET whenever you spend time outdoors, day and night, and to eliminate standing water around your homes and neighborhoods. Learn more.
Ground level spraying conducted by the city is done by licensed professionals using pesticide that is EPA-approved as being safe for humans and the environment. While the pesticide is approved by the EPA, residents who are concerned about exposure are advised to take the following precautions:
Avoid being outside while spraying occurs, close windows and consider keeping 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.
Based on recommendations from Tarrant County Public Health, the city conducts ground level spraying within a 1-mile radius of a positive mosquito trap or human case of illness transmitted by mosquito. In addition spraying, ponds, creeks and drainage channels in North Richland Hills continue to be treated regularly with mosquito larvicide.
Questions regarding ground level spraying may be directed to the Public Works Department at 817-427-6460. Other general questions regarding mosquito-borne diseases may be directed to Tarrant County Public Health at 817-321-4700.