More Mosquitos Test Positive for West Nile in Wichita Falls
The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District has reported that more mosquitos have tested positive for the West Nile virus. Samples from three surveillance sites across Wichita Falls were found to be positive for the virus. The tests were conducted by the Texas Department of State Health Services. City officials say the mosquitoes with WNV are now common in the city.
To help reduce mosquito populations in and around your property, remember to drain standing water in yards, flower pots, gutters, old tires and any other objects or areas that collect water. Mosquitoes use these places to breed and dumping out the water is crucial to keeping mosquito numbers down.
Residents can take these personal precautions to reduce the risk of being bitten and infected:
- Stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active. Dusk and dawn are the times of day when the insects are most prevalent and likely to bite.
- Wear DEET insect repellent. Always wear repellant when outdoors and choose products that contain DEET. Please follow instructions on product label.
- Dress in long sleeves and pants when outside. For extra protection, you may want to spray thin clothing with repellent.
The Health District will continue with mosquito control measures which include spraying for adult mosquitoes and treating standing water to eliminate breeding areas. To request spraying for adult mosquitoes in your area please call the Health District’s Vector Control line at 940-761-7890. For questions concerning the Health District’s mosquito abatement program please call 940-761-6808 or 940-761-7822.
If you have specific questions about West Nile Virus disease please call 940-761-7697. You can also visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm
Updates concerning the West Nile Virus can also be followed on the Health District’s Facebook page: facebook.com/wichitafallshealthdepartment