Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile in Wichita Falls

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile in Wichita Falls

WICHITA FALLS, Texas_The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed that a pool of mosquitoes from Wichita Falls tested positive for West Nile.

The mosquitoes were collected from traps placed around the city as part of their routine mosquito surveillance program.

The West Nile virus can be transmitted to humans through a mosquito's bite.

The health department has a few helpful tips to reduce your risk of infection.

  • Stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active. Dusk and dawn are the times of day when the insects are most prevalent and likely to bite.
  • Wear DEET insect repellent. Always wear repellant when outdoors and choose products that contain DEET. Please follow instructions on product label.
  • Dress in long sleeves and pants when outside. For extra protection, you may want to spray thin clothing with repellent.
  • Drain standing water in your backyard and neighborhood–old tires, flowerpots and clogged rain gutters are just a few sites mosquitoes like to breed in.

The Health District's Environmental Health Division will continue its integrated pest management program for mosquito control. Pest management includes continued testing for diseases, treating standing water, eliminating breeding areas and spraying for mosquitoes.

To request spraying for mosquitoes, contact the Health District's Vector Control unit at 940-761-7890. For more information about the Health District's mosquito abatement program, call 940-761-6808 or 940-761-7822. For questions about West Nile virus, call 940-761-7697 or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.