with West Nile Virus were confirmed August 23 in a surveillance trap set
August 14 by CMMCP in the northwestern part of town. Working with the Milford
Board of Health, truck-mounted Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) spraying was done in
the area below August 24 after sunset. Catch basins were treated in this area
in this area to stop emergence of mosquito species that can carry WNV, and
additional surveillance traps have been set up to gauge population density
and determine if additional virus can be isolated.
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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NOTE: ADDITIONAL AREAS NOT
LISTED ABOVE MAY BE SCHEDULED – CHECK HERE AFTER 3PM ON AUGUST 23: www.cmmcp.org/ulv.htm
Avoid Mosquito Bites
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.
Can Help reduce
mosquito bites. Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long-sleeves, long pants
when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes
away from your skin.
Insect Repellent when you go outdoors. Use
a repellent with DEET (N,
picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535
or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the
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.
Standing Water -
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 your Board of Health
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
about WNV and reports of WNV activity in Massachusetts can be found on the
MDPH website at http://www.mosquitoresults.com/.
Recorded information about WNV is also available by calling the MDPH Public
Health Information Line at 1-866-MASS-WNV (1-866-627-7968).