Tarrant County to spray for West Nile in unincorporated areas

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Tarrant County to spray for West Nile in unincorporated areas

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Posted on September 7, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 10 at 5:42 PM

FORT WORTH – From 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Monday, trucks armed with pesticide will tackle the unincorporated portions of Tarrant County, spraying for mosquitoes that may carry the West Nile virus. 

The Tarrant County Health Department says each of the four county precincts will be sprayed until "all areas have been covered." And, of course, this is all weather permitting. Here's a link detailing which portions of the four precincts will be sprayed.

The manmade pesticide ANVIL 2+2 will be used; the county says that while the pesticide poses no risk to human health, anyone wishing to take extra precautions can do the following things. Posted verbatim from the county:

  • Remain indoors and bring pets (and food/water dishes) inside for 30 minutes to 1 hour after spraying.
  • Cover any ornamental fish ponds, beehives or organic gardens.
  • When spraying is taking place, close windows, doors and turn off window-unit air conditioners or set units to re-circulate indoor air only.
  • Do not let children play near or behind truck-mounted applicators when spraying is taking place.
  • Children should be kept indoors at least an hour after spraying has concluded.
  • Anyone outside should avoid contact with the spray. If you come in contact with the spray, wash any exposed skin with soap and water. If the spray gets in your eyes, immediately flush with water.
  • Since the effects of the ground treatment dissolve in a few hours, it is not necessary to cover or wash off outdoor furniture, playground equipment, or toys before use. Anvil also breaks down fairly quickly in water and sunlight.

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