Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Wear Bug Spray...Keep Bugs Away!

Mosquitoes and ticks are more than pests. They can carry diseases which can you make very sick.

In 2019, Massachusetts had twelve confirmed human cases and six human deaths attributed to Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE.  State health officials believe 2020 will be the second year in a multi-year cycle, where we will have equal or increased cases of EEE.  We advise you to stay inside when mosquitoes are active (between dusk and dawn).  If you must be outside while mosquitoes are active, we urge you to wear long sleeves and pants, and use insect repellant.

Although EEE is one of the most deadly mosquito-borne illnesses in Massachusetts, it's not the only one. West Nile Virus as well as tick-borne illnesses are also present in our area. In addition to using personal protection to avoid mosquito bites, please empty standing water from containers around your home, the breeding habitat for mosquitoes carrying WNV. 

For more information, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/lists/mosquito-borne-disease-information-for-the-general-public

The good news is that there are simple steps that you can take to protect yourself and your family from mosquito and tick bites, and the illnesses they can cause.
 
  • Use insect repellents (click on the link above for information pertaining to active ingredients and use recommendations)
  • Wear long-sleeved clothing
  • Schedule outdoor activities to avoid the hours around dawn and dusk
  • Repair damaged window screens
  • Remove standing water from the areas around your home