The latest lab report has confirmed the presence of West Nile virus (WNV) in Culex mosquitoes in the Fairmont Boulevard area of North Knoxville, Venice Road area of West Knox County, Milligan Street area of East Knoxville and Stone Road area of South Knoxville. In addition, a horse in the Hardin Valley area of West Knox County has tested positive for WNV. Following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocol, the Knox County Health Department (KCHD) will spray for mosquitoes in these areas on Sunday, Sept. 24 and Monday, Sept. 25 between 8:45 p.m. and 2 a.m., weather permitting, to reduce the Culex mosquito population and the risk of WNV spreading to humans. Signs will be posted in the affected neighborhoods to alert residents, who are asked to stay inside during spraying and keep pets inside or in the backyard. Spray area details are below, maps are included. (These sprayings are in-addition to the ones already scheduled for Sept. 26, Sept. 28)Click here to view maps of scheduled spray areas
To prevent mosquito bites and reduce mosquito habitats, officials recommend the following:
- Apply repellants to skin often; these can include lotions, liquids or sprays. The CDC recommends the use of repellants that contain DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane 3, 8-diol, and IR3535. The duration of protection varies by repellant; read labels on products to determine when reapplications are necessary for optimal protection.
- Wear long, loose and light-colored shirts and pants and wear socks.
- Treat clothing with permethrin or purchase pretreated permethrin clothing.
- Dispose of, regularly empty, or turn over any water holding containers on your property such as tires, cans, flower pots, children’s toys or trash cans.
- To prevent breeding in large water-holding devices, including bird baths or garden pools, use larvicides such as mosquito torpedoes or mosquito dunks. If used properly, larvicides will not harm animals.
- More tips can be found at: http://www.knoxcounty.org/health/mosquitoes.php
Like crows and jays, horses contract WNV from mosquitoes, but they do not transmit it to humans. They are also part of the CDC protocol for West Nile virus surveillance: they are a sentinel or an indicator of the presence of the virus in an area. While there is no evidence a person can contract WNV from handling live or dead infected birds, officials urge the public to avoid bare-hand contact with any dead animal. Barriers such as gloves may be used if handling a dead bird is unavoidable, such as when discarding the bird.
Areas scheduled for treatment on Sunday, Sept. 24:
Mineral Springs Avenue from Walker Boulevard to Whittle Springs Road; Walker Boulevard from Mineral Springs Avenue to Powers Street; Montclair Avenue; Underwood Place; White Oak Lane; Valley View Drive from Whittle Springs Road to White Oak Lane; McCampbell Avenue; Upland Avenue; Tecoma Drive; Arbor Place; Maxwell Street; Emoriland Boulevard east of Kuhlman Street; Fairmont Boulevard from Kuhlman Street to Maxwell Street; Avondale from Whittle Springs to Maxwell Street; Boright Place; Boright Drive from Whittle Springs Road to Maxwell Street; McNutt Street; Brunswick Street; Whitney Place; Forestdale Avenue from Whittle Springs Road to Maxwell Street; Edgewood Avenue from Barton Street to Maxwell Street; Barton Street from Edgewood to Fairmont; Albert Avenue from Barton Street to Fairview Street; Nickerson Avenue from Barton Street to Bellevue Street; Fairview Street from Nickerson Avenue to Edgewood Avenue; Clearview Street; Orlando Street; Bellevue Street; Derieux Drive; Seymour Avenue; Sandra Avenue; Shaw Drive; Fontana Street; Fairwood Avenue; Powers Street; and Miami Street will be treated Sunday, Sept. 24, weather permitting. Follow-up spraying is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 8.
All areas east of North Cherry Street, west of Prosser Road, north of Magnolia Avenue, and south of I-40 will be treated Sunday, Sept. 24, weather permitting. Follow-up spraying is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 8.
Stone Road; Wise Hills Road; Echodale Lane; Magazine Road; Stoneoak Lane; Royal Heights Drive; Grandin Drive; Judith Drive; Larry Drive; Beechwood Drive; Liveoak Lane; Sarvis Drive; Maple Loop Road to West Red Bud Road; and West Red Bud Road will be treated Sunday, Sept. 24, weather permitting. Follow-up spraying is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 8.
Areas scheduled for treatment on Monday, Sept. 25:
Gulf Park/Venice Road:
Dutchtown Road from Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) to Blessed Way including Manis Lane and the area around CAK; Embarcadero Drive; Cortez Drive; Tallahassee Drive; Sanders Road from Dutchtown Road to Venice Road; Venice Road; Ethans Glen Drive; Tampa Road; Suwannee Road; Gulf Park Drive; Galveston Road; Naples Road; Sarasota Drive; Mobile Drive; Briarwood Drive; Laurel Hill Road; and the areas around Cedar Bluff Primary and Cedar Bluff Middle School will be treated Monday, Sept. 25, weather permitting. Follow-up spraying is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 9.
Covered Bridge at Hardin Valley subdivision; Hickory Woods Estates; Hickory Creek Road from East Gallaher Ferry Road to West Gallaher Ferry Road; part of West Gallaher Ferry Road; and Creekside Manor Subdivision will be treated Monday, Sept. 25, weather permitting. Follow-up spraying is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 9.
Tuesday, Sept. 26 Spray Areas
Farragut Crossing Spray Area:
Farragut Crossing; Belleaire Drive; Vista Trail; Mountain View Road; Crestview Road; Bantry Lane; Harrow Road to Midhurst Drive; Midhurst Drive from East Kingsgate Road to Bantry Lane; East Kingsgate Road; Peterson Road; Byron Lane; Keats Lane; Dorcee Lane and Newgate Drive will be treated, weather permitting.
Halls Spray Area:
Homestead Drive; Hallbrook Road; Arlie Drive; Zirkle Drive; Marshall Drive; a portion of Old Maynardville Pike; and the areas around Halls Middle School and Halls High School will be treated, weather permitting.
Turkey Creek Spray Area:
Gates Mill Drive; Glen Willow Drive; Lake Meadow Drive; Briar Gates Lane from Glen Iris Lane to Gates Mill Drive; Bancroft Lane; Glen Iris Lane; Woodland Trace Drive; Timberhill Court; Matthews Cove Lane; and Fords Cove Lane will be treated, weather permitting.
West Kingston Pike Spray Area:
Hayfield Road; Crowfield Road; all roads connected to Crowfield Road; Triplett Lane; Redmont Lane; Highlander Way; Franklin Hills Boulevard; Windemeer Lane; Hampton Court; Capital Drive; Fox Road to Capital Drive; Perimeter Park Road; Sherway Road; and Sherlake Lane will be treated, weather permitting.
Thursday, Sept. 28 Spray Areas
Deadrick Road Spray Area:
An eastern portion of Deadrick Road; a section of Rollen Road north of Sevierville Pike; and part of Sevierville Pike east of Rollen Road will be treated, weather permitting.
Pedigo Road spray area:
Pedigo Ridge Road; a portion of Pedigo Road south of Long Hollow Road; and a portion of Greenwell Road east of Pedigo Road will be treated, weather permitting.
Tuesday, Oct. 3 Spray Areas
Fountain City spray area:
Gresham Road to Vitex Drive; Vitex Drive; Hillock Road; Aralia Lane; Popular Place; Oak Road; Ridgewood Road from Broadway to Oak Road; Colonial Circle; Montbelle Drive; Grove Drive to Gresham Road; Peyton Place; Campus Lane; Holbrook Drive north of Gresham Road; Lynnwood Drive from Gresham Road to Glenhaven Road; Leisure Way; Glenhaven Road to Lynnwood Drive; Brief Road; Garden Drive to Templeton Road; Templeton Road; Quite Way; Secluded Way; Watagua Drive to Boxwood Garden Way; Boxwood Garden Way; Corum Drive and part of North Broadway will be treated, weather permitting. Follow-up spraying is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 3.
Gibbs spray area:
Gibbs Ruritan Park; part of Irwin Drive just north of Tazwell Pike; part of Lett Road just north of Karnes Road; Rocky Meadow Lane; a portion of Karnes Drive; Country Rose Lane; Tazewell Pike from Twin Oak Lane to Staley Road; Staley Road; a portion of Gibbs Road just south of Tazwell Pike; and Branson Road will be treated, weather permitting. Follow-up spraying is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 3.
To reduce the risk of mosquito-borne disease, KCHD conducts a West Nile virus control program during the summer and fall months. As the weather warms each spring, public health professionals begin a weekly process of trapping and testing mosquitoes for WNV, a mosquito-borne disease which can infect humans, horses and birds. From March until the first frost, KCHD also uses larvicides in areas with standing water to prevent mosquito proliferation. These efforts are in addition to KCHD’s work to assess and monitor for Zika virus disease. More information is available by calling 865-215-5200 or visiting www.knoxcounty.org/health.