May 11, 2022 – Tarrant County Public Health has confirmed a West Nile Virus positive mosquito sample, the first of the 2022 season. The positive sample was collected in Bedford. West Nile Virus season typically runs from April through mid-November. Local cities and Tarrant County for unincorporated areas may perform mosquito treatment as needed.

So far, 696 mosquito samples have been tested at the health department’s North Texas Regional Laboratory.

Last year, the health department reported its first West Nile positive mosquito sample on April 21.

Tarrant County Public Health reminds residents to take measures to safeguard against the West Nile Virus. Residents should dump standing water on their property, use repellent, and whenever possible, dress in long pants and long sleeves.

More about mosquitoes:

  • Mosquitoes need water to breed. They don’t lay their eggs in the air or on the ground, so dump ALL standing water.
  • Infected mosquitoes transmit West Nile Virus to people after feeding on infected birds.
  • Birds don’t transmit West Nile Virus to people. Mosquitoes do.
  • Larvicides are products used to eliminate mosquitoes before they become adults.
    • Apply larvicides directly to water sources that hold mosquito larvae.

For more information about West Nile Virus, visit the Be Mosquito Free webpage.

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