STOUGHTON, MA – Stoughton mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Department of Public Health. A release from the heath department shows that the virus was found in mosquitoes located in one of the traps in the eastern part of the city.
Here are some tips from the city to avoid mosquito bites:
- Apply insect repellent when outdoors. – Use defoamers with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridine (KBR 3023), lemon eucalyptus oil [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] or IR3535 as instructed on the product label. The DEET products should not be used in infants for two months and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less in older children. Olive of lemon eucalyptus should not be used in children under three years.
- Pay attention to Peak Mosquito Hours ̵ 1; The hours from dusk to dawn are peak times for many mosquitoes. Consider reorganization of outdoor activities that occur during the evening or early in the morning.
- Clothing can help reduce mosquito bites – If you have long sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors, you can keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
- Mosquito Test Your Home – Mosquitoes put their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to be bred by either emptying or discarding objects that hold water. Check regenerator and drain. Empty all unused flower pots and water pools, and often change water in bird bath. Keep mosquitoes out by having tight fitting screens on all your windows and doors.
- Protecting Your Animals – Animal owners should reduce potential mosquito nets on their property by eliminating standing water from containers such as buckets, tires and pools – especially after heavy rains. Water tanks provide excellent mosquito-eating habitats and should be flushed out at least once a week during the summer months to reduce mosquitoes near paddock areas. Horse owners should keep horses indoors at night to reduce the risk of mosquito crew. Owners should also talk to their veterinarian about mosquitoes that are approved for use in animals and vaccinations to prevent WNV and EEE. If an animal is diagnosed with WNV or EEE, the owners must report to DAR, the Division of Animal Health by calling 617-626-1794 and to the Department of Public Health (DPH) by calling 617-983-6800.
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