Mosquito Monitoring & Prevention
- Haltom City Public Works - 4200 Hollis St. | Haltom City, TX 76117
- Information: 817-840-3572
- Divisions of Haltom City Public Works
Haltom City Public Works, within the division of Environmental Services, manages a mosquito virus surveillance control and abatement program each year in cooperation with the Tarrant County Public Health Department. The program's strategy is to reduce the mosquito larvae numbers through public education, surveillance, source elimination, and biological control.
Public education is an important aspect of the mosquito abatement program. Household items that hold water, such as tires, flower pots, buckets, wheelbarrows, pet dishes, rain gutters, decorative bird baths, and swimming pools are the cause of most of the mosquito issues in a neighborhood.
The City of Haltom City is dedicated in helping the residents identify areas around the household that could be cause of a mosquito issue.
What is Haltom City's Role?
The city conducts mosquito surveillance, which consists of early monitoring every spring and regular monitoring throughout the summer and/or from the beginning until the end of the mosquito season. Click here for a map of surveillance locations.
Monitoring, Testing & Notifications
Haltom City's role begins when the Tarrant County Public Health Department Mosquito Monitoring Program initiates. Trapping activities are conducted throughout the primary mosquito season with six stationary traps and 4 rotating traps per week. Collected samples are delivered to the Tarrant County Public Health Department's lab for West Nile Virus and Saint Louis Encephalitis Virus testing. There is no testing for Zika virus, or other viruses that are known to be imported, offered by the Tarrant County Public Health Department at this moment. Presence of imported viruses in local areas are confirmed by a positive human case.
If any mosquito trapped within the Haltom City city limits tests positive for West Nile Virus or Saint Louis Encephalitis Virus, or if the city is notified of any confirmed human cases that have been transmitted locally (signifying its presence in the local mosquito population), notification will be posted on here on the city’s website and social media accounts. Also, targeted ULV fogging will most likely occur, and the area will be investigated to see if additional measures are needed.
- Includes trapping and testing of mosquitoes for viruses
- Provides monitoring of naturally existing environmental habitats (creeks, flood plains, ponds, etc.) and man-made environments. Additional inspections are conducted in response to phone calls, emails and other alerts from the public.
- Includes treatment of areas found to contain mosquito larvae with larvicides and/or mosquito fish.
- Haltom City uses mosquito fish as biocontrol agent, a predatory fish that feeds on mosquito larvae. Additionally, the city utilizes larvicides...the biological insecticides that kill larvae.
Why Doesn’t the City just Fog the Entire City for Mosquitoes?
The City strives to meet budget goals while trying to effectively keep mosquitoes carrying viruses low. To do this the City’s integrated Mosquito Virus Surveillance and Abatement Program focuses more on controlling mosquito borne viruses than just killing adult mosquitoes. The Program consists of public education, surveillance, source reduction, laviciding, and targeted adulticiding.
Abatement Options Utilized by Haltom City
Haltom City has different options that are utilized according to the area being treated:
It is a violation of the city ordinances to keep or maintain items on any property which contain standing water that is conducive to the breeding of mosquitoes. Reported violations are investigated and immediate abatement is required in the event of a confirmed violation. If the violation is not abated as requested, the property owner may be subject to further code enforcement action, including issuance of fines.
To report suspected mosquito breeding sites in Haltom City, please call 817-834-9036 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or contact the City's Environmental Specialist, Tom Belloma, through this online form.