Mosquito Spraying Schedule
The City of Mansfield, in conjunction with the Tarrant County Health Department, participates in mosquito surveillance and testing each May to November (or until the first freeze). If two or more consecutive weeks yield positive results for West Nile, the City will schedule spraying for mosquitoes and communicate to residents when and where via the City website, Facebook, Nextdoor, Twitter and e-newsletter.
Notice of Upcoming Spray Areas
Currently the City has no spraying scheduled. Check back for future spraying alerts or register for notification of spraying through Notify Me.
View the Mosquito Spray Area Map
Currently no areas are scheduled for spraying. Check back for future spraying alerts or register for notification of spraying through Notify Me.
How Do I Know if My Neighborhood Will Be Sprayed?
Current mosquito spray locations are listed above. You may also sign up to receive email alerts or phone notification. Information is also posted on the City’s Facebook, Nextdoor and Twitter accounts.
What Should I do if My Neighborhood is sprayed?
The City recommends residents stay indoors during the application, bring outdoor pet and water bowls indoors, cover fish ponds and bird baths and shut windows.
What Can I Do to Reduce My Risk Of Mosquito Bites?
Preventing mosquito bites is the best way to avoid risk of getting West Nile Virus. Tarrant County Public Health’s Be Mosquito Free program recommends the following: dump all standing water, wear long sleeves and pants, use an EPA-approved insect repellent and keep vegetation trimmed.
Understanding the risks and preventing mosquitoes from breeding are the best and most practical means of keeping you and your family safe from mosquito-borne threats. Partner with the City to reduce the risk of West Nile Virus and protect yourself from mosquitoes.
City staff work in conjunction with the Tarrant County Public Health Department to battle mosquito borne diseases. As noted in the Mosquito Control Policy (PDF), managing mosquitoes takes an integrated approach outlined below:
The City of Mansfield participates in the Surveillance/Testing Program in conjunction with the Tarrant County Health Department. Live mosquitoes are captured with traps that can be moved to targeted locations throughout the City. The captured mosquitoes are sent to the county laboratory for testing for the presence of West Nile Virus.
The City of Mansfield has ordinances on tall grass and stagnant water. If you are concerned an area is a breeding site for mosquitoes, contact Public Works at 817-728-3340.
Maintenance of Public Areas
The City of Mansfield maintains major rights-of-way and public properties, mowing grass as appropriate. We will address standing water and place larvicide in these areas as needed.
Mosquito Control Policy
The Mansfield City Council has adopted a Mosquito Control Policy based on four risk levels (JPG). The levels range from low, where no positive tests for mosquitoes have occurred four risk levels (JPG) for three years, to high, where a positive human case has been confirmed. Each level has a different response and City staff will vigilantly monitor any potential for an outbreak to ensure the safety of Mansfield residents. Details are in the Mosquito Control Policy (PDF).
Mosquito Spraying Schedule
The City of Mansfield, in conjunction with the Tarrant County Health Department, participates in mosquito surveillance and testing each May to November (or at the first freeze). If two or more consecutive weeks yield positive results for West Nile, the City will schedule spraying. Residents receive communication when and where spraying will occur via the City website, Facebook, Nextdoor, Twitter and e-newsletter. To see the current spraying schedule visit Mosquito Spraying Alerts.
For more information about mosquito-borne illness, please review these frequently asked questions (PDF).
Mosquito control must be a shared responsibility in order for abatement to be successful. There are residents can do around their home or business to reduce the mosquito population and eliminate breeding sites. Take a survey of your own property to identify and eliminate the source of the mosquitoes.
What to Look For
The following are several examples of things you can look for, keeping in mind that any source of standing or stagnant water can be a potential breeding location:
- Repair leaky plumbing, outdoor faucets, sprinklers and septic systems.
- Change water in birdbaths, wading pools, pet dishes and plant drip trays at least once every two days.
- Dispose of any items that may hold water and serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. These include old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools and other containers that can hold water. If they must be stored make sure they are covered or turned over to where water cannot collect in them.
- Remove leaves and debris from rain gutters. The leaves hold water in the gutter and are a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes.
- Keep grass cut short and shrubs well trimmed.
- Keep backyard swimming pools maintained.
- Irrigate lawns carefully to prevent over watering which can cause water to stand for several days.
- Survey your property for areas that hold water and do not drain well.
- Stock ornamental ponds with mosquito eating fish.
- Remember not all bodies of water are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Flowing creeks and waterways generally do not contain mosquito larvae.
- Use larvicide in areas of standing water. Bacillus thuringiensis israelenis (Bti) is a biological larvicide control used to treat areas of standing water. It is used to eliminate the mosquito larva but will not kill the adult mosquito. Bti comes in tablets or donut shaped discs and is available at most home improvement or feed stores. Citizens may actively treat areas of stagnant water on their own property, not to include creeks and other protected waterways.
The Four Ds
- Dusk to Dawn is the timeframe when mosquitoes likely to carry infection are most active. Stay indoors from dusk to dawn.
- Drain standing water in your yard and neighborhood. Old tires, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, leaky pipes and faucets, birdbaths and wading pools can be breeding sites for mosquitoes.
- Dress in light-colored long sleeves and pants when you are outside, especially in mosquito infested areas.
- Deet (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) should be used if you are going to be outside when mosquitoes are most active. Make sure you apply insect repellant that contains Deet, and read and follow label instructions. Spray both exposed skin and clothing with repellent when outdoors.
Every mosquito bite does not cause West Nile Virus. Very few mosquitoes carry the virus and less than 1 percent of the bites that do have the virus actually cause serious illness.
West Nile Information
For more information on the West Nile Virus, you may visit the following sites:
- Tarrant County Interactive Mosquito Surveillance Map
- Tarrant County Public Health - Be Mosquito Free
- Texas Department of Health