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Residents Reminded: Mosquitoes and Ticks – They’re Out in Mass!

Mosquitoes and ticks are more than pests

They can carry diseases which can you make very sick

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.

Mosquitoes
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has urged all Massachusetts residents to continue to take personal precautions to protect against mosquito-borne illnesses, including Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile virus (WNV). These include using insect repellent, covering exposed skin when outside, and avoiding outdoor activities between the hours of dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are at their most active.

The risk from mosquito-borne illness is considered to continue until an area has had a hard frost which will result in the death of virtually all mosquitoes. A hard, or killing frost, is defined meteorologically as two consecutive hours of temperatures below 28 degrees Fahrenheit.

Learn more about how you can protect yourself and your family from mosquito-borne illnesses.

Ticks
Ticks are tiny bugs most likely found in shady, damp, brushy, wooded, or grassy areas (especially in tall grass), including your own backyard. Ticks feed on the blood of mammals (including people, dogs, cats, deer, and mice), birds, and reptiles (snakes and turtles, for example). Ticks can bite you and spread diseases like Lyme disease.

One of the most important things you can do is check yourself for ticks once a day. Favorite places ticks like to go on your body include areas between the toes, back of the knees, groin, armpits, and neck, along the hairline, and behind the ears. Remember to check your children and pets, too. Remove any attached ticks as soon as possible.

Learn more about Tickborne Diseases

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