Georgetown to host 3 nights of truck-mounted spraying after two traps test positive for West Nile

Georgetown will host three nights of truck-mounted spraying after two mosquito traps tested positive for West Nile virus. (Courtesy city of Georgetown).
Georgetown will host three nights of truck-mounted spraying after two mosquito traps tested positive for West Nile virus. (Courtesy city of Georgetown).

Georgetown will host three nights of truck-mounted spraying after two mosquito traps tested positive for West Nile virus. (Courtesy city of Georgetown).

Two mosquito trap samples collected in Georgetown have tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the second West Nile virus positive for the trap located on Yellow Rose Trail in the past two weeks, according to a news release.

An original testing site as well as an expanded site set up by the Williamson County and Cities Health District both had positive results Aug. 19, the release said. No other samples were found to be positive, it said.

West Nile virus is the most common mosquito-borne disease in the United States. In 2020, there have been seven mosquito trap pools that returned positive for West Nile virus in Williamson County, the release said.

The city of Georgetown, in following the WCCHD's Best Practices for Integrated Mosquito Management, will have truck-mounted spraying as well as enhanced monitoring and testing and increased public outreach and education, the release said. Enhanced mosquito control efforts will also continue with the treatment of standing water with larvicide, it said.

Georgetown is implementing insecticide spraying in the vicinity of the positive sample for three consecutive nights from Aug. 21-23. A city vehicle will use a pyrethrin-based insecticide along the street right of way and in public parks, weather permitting, according to the release. Pyrethrin is a chemical that can be found in chrysanthemums, it said.


The map shows were spraying is planned.

Although the mosquito control product poses no significant health risk, if possible, people and pets may want to stay indoors during spraying, the release said.

The city and the WCCHD are encouraging everyone to be especially vigilant about protecting themselves from mosquito bites when outdoors and about preventing mosquito breeding on their personal property, the release said. Recent rain and continued warm temperatures are prime breeding conditions for mosquitoes, it said.
By Ali Linan
Ali Linan began covering Georgetown for Community Impact Newspaper in 2018. Her reporting focuses on education and Williamson County. Ali hails from El Paso and graduated from Syracuse University in 2017.


MOST RECENT

Here are the coronavirus data updates to know today in Williamson County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County reports 214 new coronavirus cases, 1 death Dec. 1

Here are the coronavirus data updates to know today in Williamson County.

The Hacienda at Georgetown is a 315-residence senior living community situated on over 13 acres near the south entrance to Sun City. (Courtesy The Hacienda at Georgetown)
New retirement community Hacienda at Georgetown to bring 315 residential units

The senior living community will be located near Sun City.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has launched a campaign to address declining college enrollment numbers across the state since the pandemic started. (Courtesy Pexels)
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board launches campaign to boost college enrollment

The decline in college enrollment across the state of Texas has prompted several agencies to partner up and create online resources for students and counselors.

Shawn Hood and Lisa King will face off in a runoff election Dec. 15 after neither received more than 50% of the vote in the November election. (Community Impact Staff)
Meet the two candidates running for Georgetown City Council District 2

Shawn Hood and Lisa King will face off in a runoff election Dec. 15 after neither received more than 50% of the vote in the November election.

Last year Georgetown residents recycled more than 3,440 pounds of Christmas lights. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Georgetown residents can recycle holiday string lights through Jan. 31

Last year Georgetown residents recycled more than 3,440 pounds of Christmas lights.

Here is how Williamson County is being impacted by the coronavirus. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Williamson County adds more than 1,000 reported coronavirus cases Nov. 25-30

The county's positivity rate, or rate at which test return postiive, sits at 8.15%, data shows.

Dec. 1 is Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving as the holiday season approaches. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
33 Georgetown nonprofits to donate to this Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday has arrived. Here are some Georgetown nonprofits to consider donating to.

Gtown Social, a smoothie and juice bar, is coming to Georgetown in December. (Courtesy Gtown Social)
Juice bar Gtown Social coming to Georgetown plus more business news

Check out these four businesses now open or coming soon in Georgetown.

High points in Eric Lashley’s 25-year career at the city include a National Medal recognition for the library in 2018 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and being named Texas Librarian of the Year in 2019 by the Texas Library Association. (Courtesy city of Georgetown)
After 20 years of service, Georgetown Public Library Director Eric Lashley to retire in January

High points in Eric Lashley’s 25-year career at the city include a National Medal recognition for the library in 2018 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and being named Texas Librarian of the Year in 2019 by the Texas Library Association.

One northbound main lane and two southbound main lanes will be closed each night Tuesday through Thursday for the construction of a concrete barrier on I-35. (Courtesy city of Georgetown)
Georgetown residents should expect overnight lane closures on I-35 Dec. 1-3

One northbound main lane and two southbound main lanes will be closed each night Tuesday through Thursday for the construction of a concrete barrier on I-35.

Of the total cases reported to date, 11,304 are estimated to have recovered, and there are an estimated 806 active cases in Williamson County as of Nov. 24. (Community Impact Staff)
Williamson County reports 337 new cases of coronavirus Nov. 24

Of the total cases reported to date, 11,304 are estimated to have recovered, and there are an estimated 806 active cases in Williamson County as of Nov. 24.

Harini Logan, 10, won the 66th annual Express-News Spelling Bee at the University of Texas at San Antonio downtown campus on March 17, 2019. For 2021, the event is slated to be held in March at the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre in New Braunfels. (Photo by Jerry Lara, courtesy the San Antonio Express News)
New Braunfels to host regional spelling bee and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas.