The City of Bedford received notification from Tarrant County Public Health that a mosquito trapped in the 3700 block of Brookside Drive tested positive for West Nile Virus, the first of 2021. In response, Public Works staff will spray adulticiding, a type of insecticide used to control adult mosquitoes along the creek banks and City parks, within a quarter-mile radius of the trap tonight, July 9, at 10 p.m. Crews will also reapply larvicide treatment to the creeks and ponds within the area. If weather is not permitting, staff will complete the spraying and larvicide application over the weekend.
Residents in the affected neighborhoods will be notified by the community notification Bedford Alert system (www.bedfordtx.gov/bedfordalert).
When it comes to protecting yourself and your family from mosquitoes, always remember the "Four D's,” as follows:
- Dusk and dawn are the times of day you should try to stay indoors. This is when mosquitoes are most active and are considered major feeding times.
- Dress in long sleeves and pants when you are outside. For extra protection, you may want to spray thin clothing with repellent.
- DEET is an effective EPA-reigstered active ingredient to look for in your insect repellent. Always wear repellent when outdoors and choose products that contain up to 20 percent DEET.
- Drain standing water in your backyard and neighborhood - old tires, flowerpots, and clogged rain gutters. These are mosquito-breeding sites.
Mosquitoes are most active during dusk and dawn, so take extra precaution during those times. You can also contact the Public Works Department at 817-952-2200 for more information about West Nile Virus or visit the city’s webpage for more information on mosquito control at www.bedfordtx.gov/mosquitocontrol.