with West Nile Virus were confirmed September 22 in a surveillance trap set
by CMMCP on Sept. 18.
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 itís 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 508.929.1300 if you have found an abandoned pool in your
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.mass.gov/dph/wnv.† Recorded information about WNV is also
available by calling the MDPH Public Health Information Line at