In March 2013, the Weatherford City Council approved a Mosquito Surveillance and Response Plan. The plan emphasized the reduction of mosquito breeding sources, larviciding to help prevent larvae from becoming biting adults, and chemical treatment as a last resort. After entering into the contract, traps were placed in five strategic locations throughout the City. The plan included regular trapping of adult mosquitoes and testing for the West Nile Virus. Chemical treatment, simply referred to as “spraying” was recommended only if or when trapped mosquitoes test positive for the virus.
Because we have received positive test results, the City has decided to ground-spray the affected area starting on Saturday, October 8, 2016. This action is being taken in an effort to help prevent the possible spread of the West Nile Virus.
Are the pesticides used to control mosquitoes harmful to humans or pets?Because the amount of mosquito control chemicals sprayed out of the trucks is low and are relatively short-lived in the environment, these chemicals pose little risk to humans and pets.
However, as with any chemical, it is always a good idea to keep exposure to a minimum. Here are some common ways to help reduce possible exposure to mosquito control chemicals:
- Everyone is advised to stay indoors durings evenings/nights when spraying is scheduled.
- People who suffer from chemical sensitivities or feel spraying could aggravate a preexisting health condition should consult their doctor or physician.
- Keep all windows/doors closed during application and turn off your air conditioner if possible or set it to circulate indoor air only when spraying is taking place in the immediate area.
- Do not let children play near or behind truck-mounted applicators when they are in your neighborhood or area.
- Saturday, October 15, spraying will occur between the hours of 9:00 p.m.-5:00 a.m..
- Sunday, October 16, spraying will occur between the hours of 9:00 p.m.-5:00 a.m.
The targeted location includes an area from the 300 block of West Lee Avenue. This area is from West Russell Street north to Palo Pinto Street and from South Rusk Street west to the intersection of West Couts Street and West Norton Street.
Please view the map of the targeted locations for the October 15-16, 2016 Mosquito Spraying:
Citizens are encouraged to protect themselves by following the Four D's of protection:
- DRAIN all standing water around your home or business to eliminate mosquito breeding sites.
- Use an insect repellent every time you go outside. Approved repellents are those that contain DEET.
- DUSK & DAWN are the times of day when you should try to stay indoors; this is when mosquitoes are most active.
- DRESS in long sleeved shirts and long pants when you go outside to reduce skin exposure. In addition, spray clothing with insect repellent.
Between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday
817-598-4349 Angel Rudolph, Consumer Health Deptartment
817-598-4050 Shannon Goodman, Director of Parks, Recreation & Special Events
After Business Hours
817-598-4300 Police Dispatch