Mosquito Season – Tips for Protection
Mosquito season is upon us. The Hamilton Board of Health would like to offer a few tips to be proactive in protecting yourself and your family this mosquito season. Here are preventive measures that you can take:
Avoid mosquito bites:
- Consider staying indoors at dawn, dusk, and in the early evening, which are peak mosquito biting times.
- Weather permitting, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants whenever you are outdoors.
- Apply insect repellent to exposed skin and clothing.
- Choose a repellent that provides protection for the amount of time that you will be outdoors. Read the label and reapply as needed. Generally, higher percentage of active ingredients last longer, but are otherwise not more effective.
- DEET products should not be used on infants under 2 months of age. Children older than two months should use products with DEET concentrations of 30% or less. Always read the product label to determine the percentage of DEET, and reapply as needed.
- Some natural products, such as oil of lemon eucalyptus, are as effective as low concentrations of DEET, though not as long-lasting.
- Spray clothing with repellents containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent since mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing. Do not apply repellents containing permethrin directly to exposed skin.
- Install or repair window and door screens.
- Use mosquito netting over infant carriers when outdoors.
Help reduce the number of mosquitoes outdoors where you work or play, by draining standing water (places where mosquitoes can lay their eggs and breed).
- At least once or twice a week, empty water from flower pots, pet food and water dishes, birdbaths, swimming pool covers, buckets, barrels, and cans.
- Check for clogged rain gutters and clean them out.
- Remove discarded tires, and other items that could collect water.
- Tires are accepted at DPW Yard on “Ewaste” days (3rd Saturday, 8am-noon)
- Be sure to check for containers or trash in places that may be hard to see, such as under bushes or under your home.
The Hamilton Board of Health has found no evidence that truck spraying is an effective means of controlling for West Nile Virus (WNV) or Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in humans. Personal protective measures and draining standing water in your yard, described above, are your best protection against mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases.
For more information, please refer to documents on the Board of Health webpage http://www.hamiltonma.gov/Pages/HamiltonMA_Health/mosquito