The City of Bedford received notification Wednesday, August 2, that a mosquito trapped along the 1200 block of Circle Lane and 2800 block of Brasher Lane tested positive for West Nile Virus. In response, Public Works staff will apply larvicide treatment to the creeks and drainage flumes within a quarter-mile radius of the traps on Thursday morning, August 3.
With two positive traps occurring in the same week, the City’s contractor will conduct ground spraying after 9 p.m. on Thursday evening, August 3, in the creeks and public-owned greenspace ONLY, within a quarter-mile radius of both of these locations. This is in accordance with the City’s Mosquito Management Plan.
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-registered 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 details on mosquito control.