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About Mosquitoes

Alert from Massachusetts Department of Public Health 10/25/19:

The risk of EEE transmission will continue to decrease as we move towards a hard frost. Only a hard frost will eliminate the risk of EEE and WNV within your community. A hard, or killing frost, is defined meteorologically as two consecutive hours of temperatures below 28 degrees Fahrenheit or three hours below 32 degrees. This will occur at different times for different communities, and there may even be variation within communities based on local geography.   Click here to view the current cold weather map.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has confirmed that mosquito samples in Barnstable County have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV). The public is urged to be vigilant and practice personal protection to avoid mosquito bites. Use EPA approved insect repellent, cover up with pants and long sleeves, and use screens to keep mosquitoes outdoors. Click on the map to see the most recent update from the MDPH including animals and humans with positive WNV or EEE results.

More information from MDPH: General information and fact sheets are available

The most effective way to avoid getting sick from viruses spread by mosquitoes when at home and during travel is to prevent mosquito bites per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Click here to go to their website and learn more about how to prevent mosquito bites.

For local mosquito control information including any planned spraying, go to the Cape Cod Mosquito Control Project

Mosquitoes are more than just pests that fly around your head, buzz in your ears and cause itchy welts on your skin. They can carry harmful diseases that afflict humans, pets and wild animals.

There are more than 150 different species of mosquitoes that inhabit the United States. 51 different species of mosquito have been found in Massachusetts alone. The most harmful viruses that have been contracted via mosquito bite in Massachusetts are currently Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus, however, it is important to be aware of other mosquito-borne illnesses that can be contracted abroad. These include Chikungunya Virus, Dengue Fever, Malaria, Yellow Fever and Zika Virus.