Tarrant County officials began ground spraying for mosquitoes July 11 in unincorporated areas of Keller and Fort Worth.Precinct 3, which includes streets that are near and/or cross into Keller along the western border, according to a Keller news release, is the area targeted. Keller streets identified included parts of Wall-Price Keller Road, Stagecoach Road, Corral Drive, Rancho Drive, Bonanza, Bison Court, Red Tail Court and Pin Tail Court."All of the county spraying has been in response to high numbers of (mosquitoes), not because of any West Nile Virus results," said David Jefferson, manager of the county's Environmental Health Division, via the release.So far this season, only two positive tests for mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus have been reported to Tarrant County Public Health, in Grapevine and Pantego.Only one human case of West Nile has been confirmed this season, a Fort Worth resident in her 40s. At this time, Keller officials have no plans to conduct ground spraying for mosquitoes within the city limits. The City of Roanoke began spraying for mosquitoes in May with officials repeating the process every 30 days.Officials are asking the public to help prevent mosquito population by draining containers with standing water. For areas that residents cannot drain to get rid of the water such as ponds with vegetation, residents can purchase "dunks" or briquettes to kill mosquito larvae before they hatch.Dunks are available for free in Keller and Westlake on a first come, first served basis. Trophy Club gives each household two briquettes.
Susan McFarland, 817-390-7547 Twitter: @susanmcfarland1