Should I be concerned about Mosquitos in Southeastern Massachusetts?
In southern Massachusetts, the main mosquito species of concern are:
- Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) Mosquitoes: These mosquitoes, primarily Culiseta melanura (Black-Tailed Mosquito), are known carriers of Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus, which can cause severe illness in humans. EEE mosquitoes breed in freshwater hardwood swamps and emerge in late summer and early fall.
- West Nile Virus (WNV) Mosquitoes: Several mosquito species, including Culex pipiens (Common House Mosquito) and Culex restuans (White-Dotter Mosquito), can transmit the West Nile virus. WNV mosquitoes breed in stagnant water sources such as artificial containers, stormwater catch basins, and other water-holding areas.
- Aedes Mosquitoes: Two species of Aedes mosquitoes (Yellow Fever Mosquito), Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus (also known as the Adult Asian Tiger Mosquito), are present in southern Massachusetts. While these mosquitoes are not native to the area, they have been introduced and can transmit diseases such as dengue fever, Zika virus, and chikungunya if they bite an infected person. Aedes mosquitoes breed in small containers and prefer urban and suburban areas.
It is important to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites, such as using insect repellent, wearing long sleeves and pants, and eliminating standing water around your property where mosquitoes can breed. Additionally, staying informed about local health advisories and mosquito control efforts, such as profishant’s 100% all-natural, All the time service, can help mitigate the risk of mosquito-borne diseases. It is important to know that doing just one control measure is not recommended. There are many tools that can be used to minimize bites and populations in your yard.
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