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Denton enters risk level 3 after mosquito sample tests positive for West Nile virus

Denton officials say risk level 3 indicates that the probability of a person contracting a mosquito-borne disease like West Nile is low to moderate.
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File- In this Aug. 16, 2012 file photo, mosquitos are sorted at the Dallas County mosquito lab in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

The City of Denton has increased its mosquito surveillance and response plan to risk level 3.

This is in response to a sample of mosquitoes that tested positive for the West Nile virus.

Health officials say the sample was collected on June 15 from a trap located at the IOOF Cemetery on Fort Worth and Eagle drives.

Denton officials say risk level 3 indicates that the probability of a person contracting a mosquito-borne disease like West Nile is low to moderate.

The plan is divided into 5 levels based on the risk. 

City officials say they will increase working proactively to control mosquito populations and lower the threat of West Nile virus.

They ask that residents help control the mosquito population by eliminating standing water from these areas: 

  • Open trash/recycling carts
  • Boats and pool covers
  • Fountains and birdbaths
  • Clogged rain gutters
  • Low areas
  • Water bowls for pets
  • Buckets and barrels
  • Flower pots and saucers
  • Leaky hoses
  • Wagons and other toys
  • Ponds
  • Neglected pools
  • Tires
  • Piles of trash or debris

Residents can also pick up two Bti briquets, which are tablet larvacides, while the supply lasts.

People will be required to show their driver’s license or a current City of Denton utility bill to prove residency, officials say. 

The supplies can be picked up at either of the two locations: 

  • City Hall East, 601 E Hickory Street, Ste F.
  • 1100 S Mayhill Road in the Pecan Creek Water.

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