The Town of Trophy Club received its first (and only) positive West Nile Virus (WNV) sample of the year today. Larviciding spraying is planned to take place with a truck-mounted ground spraying (adulticiding) Wednesday, July 03, 2019 between 9:00 PM and 5:00 AM. Additional spraying will take place following trap inspection next Wednesday, July 10, 2019 if more positive collections occur at that time.
Trophy Club has contracted with an independent company, Municipal Mosquito that specializes in mosquito surveillance and abatement during the 2019 mosquito season. The Mosquito Management Program includes weather monitoring, activity reports, inspection and ongoing larvicide treatment of known mosquito development sites, storm water catch basin inspection and treatment, adult mosquito surveillance (four traps located in known mosquito areas, one is a Zika trap) and weekly testing of trapped samples.
What can YOU do:
Personal protection is the most effective way to combat mosquitos, especially for those who are 50 and over. Residents should take the proper precautions to reduce the risk of getting bites by remembering the Four D's: dress, defend, dusk/dawn and drain.
- DRESS to avoid mosquito bites by wearing long, loose and light-colored clothing when outside;
- DEFEND yourself by using insect repellents approved by the EPA or CDC;
- DUSK to DAWN outside activities should be avoided when possible, and especially if one isn’t dressed and prepared with repellent; and
- DRAIN all areas of standing water in and around the home, including wading pools, pet dishes, and birdbaths
Residents should also make special efforts to reduce potential mosquito breeding areas within their yards and within their neighborhoods. Eliminate any standing water that collects on your property, for example, drain tires, cans, flowerpot saucers or anything else that holds water. Make sure gutters drain properly and clean gutters regularly. Change the water in birdbaths at least once a week. Use BTI briquettes, or larvicide briquettes, in standing water. BTI is a biological control agent that is very specific for killing mosquito larvae (available at home improvement and hardware stores).
If you have any questions or would like to discuss further, please contact 682.237.2900 or for general questions about West Nile Virus in humans please call the Denton County Health Department's West Nile Hotline at 940-349-2907. For general questions about West Nile virus in animals, please call the Texas Cooperative Extension at 940-349-2882.