08/15/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/15/2018 22:31
Mosquitoes Test Positive in North Nashville Neighborhood
No Human Cases in Nashville
NASHVILLE - Tenn. -A batch of mosquitoes collected by the Metro Public Health Department's Pest Management Division has tested positive for West Nile virus. The mosquitoes were trapped in North Nashville near the intersection Buchanan Street and D.B. Todd Blvd.
The Health Department's Pest Management staff visited the neighborhood this morning to pass out mosquito protection and prevention educational materials and monitor standing water looking for mosquito larvae. Staff will apply a granular larvicide to any areas where mosquito larvae are present.
Staff began trapping mosquitoes in all parts of Davidson County the first week in May. Health Department staff sends the mosquitoes to the Tennessee Department of Health's lab for testing. Health officials have no plans to spray to kill adult mosquitoes.
The Health Department recommends taking the following steps to protect against biting mosquitoes, including:
Health Department officials recommend taking steps to reduce mosquito breeding areas. This includes:
Health Department staff began monitoring standing water in all areas of Nashville in late February. Staff applies larvicide when mosquito larvae are present to kill the larvae before they become adult mosquitoes.
Please visit the Health Department's website health.nashville.gov and Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on West Nile Virus. Davidson County residents that are having mosquito problems can call 615-340-5660 to arrange to have a Pest Management staff member come and inspect your property and provide mosquito control and prevention advise. Pest Management staff will check your property for standing water and apply the larvicide if mosquito larvae are present.