Leominster 2012: updated 9/6/12 7:01am


Leominster press release – Aug. 30, 2012

Mosquitoes with West Nile Virus were confirmed August 29 in a surveillance trap set by CMMCP in Lunenburg near the Leominster city line on August 21. Working with the Leominster Health Department, spraying in the area below was done Sept. 5.

It’s important to note that spraying can only reduce but not eliminate the threat of mosquito-borne illness in the areas that are sprayed. That’s why it’s important for individuals to continue to take personal precautions against mosquito bites — both before and after any spraying is conducted.

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Beaudoin Ln

Hopkins St

Prospect Ave

Benefit St

King Ave

Raven St

Camp St

Lakeside Ave

Sargent Ave

Carousel Ln

Lourdes Dr

Stuart Ave

Chase Ave

Main St

Stuart Ct

Craven Dr

N Meadow Rd

Valleyview Rd

Crocker Ave

Norman Pl

Westminster Ave

Electric Ave

North St

Wilder Ln

Elmwood Ave

Norwood Ave

Wilder Rd

F And L Rd

Park Ave

Wilderwood Ave

Ferdinand Passway

Pine Grove Ave

Woodsome Ave

Greenwich Ave

Pleasant Ave

 

NOTE: ADDITIONAL AREAS NOT LISTED ABOVE MAY BE SCHEDULED BY REQUEST OF RESIDENTS – CHECK HERE AFTER 3PM ON SEPTEMBER 4 or 5: www.cmmcp.org/ulv.htm


Avoid Mosquito Bites

 

              Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours - The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning. Otherwise, take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing.

              Clothing Can Help reduce mosquito bites. Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

              Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin. 

 

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

              Drain Standing Water - Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.  Contact 508.929.1300 if you have found an abandoned pool in your neighborhood.

              Install or Repair Screens - Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

 

Information about WNV and reports of WNV activity in Massachusetts during 2010 can be found on the MDPH website at http://www.mass.gov/dph/wnv. Recorded information about WNV is also available by calling the MDPH Public Health Information Line at 1-866-MASS-WNV (1-866-627-7968).