Mosquito Control & Outdoor Safety

Weekly Arbovirus Report

View the Weekly DPH Arbovirus Report from the Department of Public Health.

Mosquito Control

Thursday, July 7, 2016-   The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes in Massachusetts for the first time this year. The presence of WNV was confirmed by the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory today in three mosquito samples which were collected on July 1 in the City of Worcester. No human or animal cases of WNV or Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) have been detected so far this year.  There is no elevated risk level or risk level change associated with this finding.

For residents who have spraying questions, please call 781-893-5759.

People play an important role in protecting themselves against mosquito-borne diseases. Remember the following tips:
  • Be mindful of outdoor activities at dawn and dusk when mosquito are most active.
  • Empty standing water sources in the yard and around play areas.
  • Use insect repellent with DEET

Mosquito & Ticks in Massachusetts video

Mosquito and ticks are out in mass! View the following videos for helpful information:

Remember the 4D's

  • DEET: Use it every time you go outside, reapply as needed and follow directions when using together with sunblock.
  • Dawn and dusk: Mosquito's are hungriest at these hours. Make sure to use DEET and dress accordingly.
  • Dress: Tuck in pants and use long sleeve shirts. Light colored clothing will help you spot ticks a little easier.
  • Drain: If you have any standing water around your home, yard drain it. Standing water attracts mosquito's.