Summertime is still upon us and people are enjoying walks in the park, outdoor sporting events, and other outdoor activities. However people are not the only ones enjoying this warmer weather, vectors such as mosquitos and ticks thrive in this weather as well. They carry bacteria, viruses, and protozoa that can transfer to humans and cause disease such as West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) from mosquitos and Lyme disease from ticks.
The best way to protect yourself and your family from disease such as West Nile Virus is to:
- Avoid mosquitos
- Mosquitos are most active from dusk to dawn
- Wear long sleeved clothing
- Use insect repellents on exposed skin
- Always use repellents as directed by the product label
- Never use insect repellent on infants under 3 months
- Do not use oil of lemon eucalyptus products on children under 3 years old
- Never use permethrin products on skin
- When returning home, wash off repellent with water and soap.
- Install or repair screens in windows and doors
- Remove any standing water around your house
- Check for ticks daily
For additional general information, mosquito activity, and risk levels please check the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Website Hyperlink or the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project Website Hyperlink.