Mosquito Spraying

Weather permitting, ground level spraying for mosquitoes will take place on the evenings of Wednesday and Thursday, September 16 and 17, 2020 in a targeted area of North Richland Hills where samples tested positive for West Nile Virus. Spraying will begin at dusk, around 8:00 p.m. The city will use its alert system to notify residents via phone /text message in the area that will be sprayed. The area is shown in yellow on the map below. Due to higher than normal West Nile Virus activity this summer, the spraying will be conducted two nights in a row as recommended by the Tarrant County Public Health Department. 

Tarrant County Commissioners recently approved aerial spraying for mosquitoes in Northeast Tarrant County if West Nile Virus conditions worsen. Plans for what areas Tarrant County will spray and when have not been finalized. We will share additional information that we receive as it becomes available. 

Due to higher than normal activity this year, Tarrant County Public Health has issued a West Nile Virus Warning Since April, 40 mosquito samples from North Richland Hills have tested positive for West Nile Virus and 109 have tested negative. All citizens are urged to use mosquito repellent whenever you spend time outdoors, to drain standing water where mosquitoes lay their eggs, and to treat your property for mosquitoes. Learn more on our mosquito control page
north of Rumfield, east of Smithfield
The city utilizes targeted ground level spraying to help reduce the mosquito population in areas where a mosquito-borne virus is detected, as recommended by the Tarrant County Public Health Department. The spraying is done by licensed professionals using pesticide that is EPA-approved as being safe for humans and the environment. (U.L.V. MOSQUITOMASTER™ 412 or ANVIL® 2 + 2 ULV). 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.
If you have questions about spraying or would like your address to be placed on the do not spray list, please contact Public Works at 817-427-6460.

While spraying in public rights of way can somewhat reduce the number of mosquitoes in a given area, the results are only temporary. Health officials concur that the reduction or elimination of mosquito breeding areas is the best technique for mosquito control. Learn more about mosquito control efforts in North Richland Hills and steps you should take to help reduce the mosquito population in your neighborhood. 

General questions regarding mosquito-borne diseases may be directed to North Richland Hills Neighborhood Services at 817-427-6650 or Tarrant County Public Health at 817-321-4700.