Weather permitting, targeted ground-level spraying for mosquitoes will take place on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 in four areas of North Richland Hills where mosquito samples tested positive for West Nile Virus. Spraying will begin at around 8:15 p.m. The city will use its alert system to notify residents via phone / text message in the areas that will be sprayed. The areas shown in the maps below are:
south of Loop 820 and west of Rufe Snow;
east of Smithfield and north of Starnes / Rumfield;
west of Smithfield and north of Hightower;
west of Smithfield, south of Hightower and north of North Richland Blvd.;
So far during the 2021 mosquito season in NRH, 26 samples have tested positive for West Nile virus and 154 samples were negative.
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 ultra low volume 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.
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.
To prevent the overuse of pesticides in our community, spraying is limited to areas where mosquito-borne virus is detected. Mosquito samples are collected weekly across the city and submitted to the Tarrant County Public Health for testing. Weekly surveillance reports are available on the Tarrant County Public Healthwebsite.
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.