It is that time of year when we are
all spending more time outdoors and mosquitoes are everywhere. During National
Mosquito Control Awareness Week (June 20-26, 2021), the Boston Public Health Commission
is reminding everyone to take steps to protect yourself against mosquito bites
and the diseases they may carry, such as West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).
Mosquitoes in Boston are most active
from July to September, but they can spread disease until the first hard frost
(as late as November). Taking simple precautions can prevent potentially
serious diseases caused by the bite of infected mosquitoes. If you are going to
be spending time outside, you need to be thinking about prevention and
protection against mosquito bites.
WNV and EEE are rare in Boston, and it
is unlikely that you will get sick from a mosquito bite. However, you should
contact your healthcare provider immediately if you develop high fever,
confusion, severe headache, stiff neck, joint pain or if your eyes become
sensitive to light.
HOW TO PREVENT MOSQUITO BITES:
Use mosquito repellent
repellants containing DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus, Picaridin or IR3535.
to find the right repellent for you.
the directions on the label and use as directed. You may need to reapply
repellent from time to time while outdoors.
to exposed skin (avoid eyes and mouth) and on clothes, but not on open
cuts or wounds.
Do not apply
repellent with soap and water when you go back inside.
approved repellents on pets.
Do not use
repellents containing DEET concentrations of more than 30%.
Do not let
children apply repellents to themselves. When you apply it, avoid
children's mouth, eyes, and hands. Use carefully around ears.
Do not apply
DEET on infants. Cover infant carriers with mosquito netting instead. Also
do not use oil of lemon eucalyptus on children under 3-years-old.
Protect your home
lay their eggs in standing water, so it is important to make sure items
around your home do not collect water. It only takes one week for a
mosquito larva living in water to grow into an adult. Drain any items that
can hold water (such as watering cans, open trash cans, etc.) once a week
to prevent mosquito breeding. It is also a good idea to clear roof
gutters of debris; clean pet water dishes regularly; check and empty
children’s toys that may hold water.
REDUCING THE NUMBER OF MOSQUITOES IN
BPHC works with the Suffolk CountyMosquito Control Project to reduce the mosquito population in Boston. Products
to prevent mosquito larvae from becoming biting adults are applied in catch
basins throughout the City. Limited spraying is also done to reduce adult
mosquito populations. For a full list of any upcoming spraying, please visit
bphc.org/mosquitocontrol. Boston residents that have questions
about mosquito control activities can contact the Suffolk County Mosquito
Control Project at 781-899-5730.
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