The first case of West Nile virus was detected in Massachusetts back in June, and since then, nine cases have been reported. Although no fatalities have been reported, this number is still up 33% from the six human cases reported last year. Most people infected will show no symptoms, so it’s important to be vigilant and minimize your exposure to infected mosquitos.
The four most recent cases were reported in Middlesex, Bristol, Suffolk, and Essex Counties, so it seems as though West Nile has spread across the state and is not concentrated to one area. With this in mind, you want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to protect yourself from infection.
When Are Mosquitos Out?
Most mosquito species in the United States are most active during dusk and are more concentrated in areas with lots of trees and shaded areas, as well as still water. It’s best to avoid these areas during sunset. If you find yourself in this situation, make sure you do what you can to protect yourself from being bitten. This includes wearing clothes that cover as much as possible, using insect repellant, dumping standing water, and moving indoors as soon as you can. Additionally, you can take preemptive measures, such as employing the talents of an MA mosquito control team such as the professionals here at AllGreen. We use trusted, organic products to bring you the highest quality mosquito control available.
Although most people think of Labor Day weekend as the unofficial end to the summer, September traditionally has some of the highest rates of reported mosquito bites and West Nile related symptoms. It’s important to be diligent and always take the proper precautions.
Who Is Most Prone?
Anyone can become infected with West Nile, but those over 50 usually are the ones to exhibit the most severe symptoms, and 8 out of 10 infected will display no signs at all. Still, you should be aware of any fevers, rashes, diarrhea, headache, joint pains, or body pains that are unexplained, as they could be signs of potential infection.
For more information about how to develop a plan for MA mosquito control with AllGreen, please call 617-327-5555 (West Roxbury) or 781-762-7080 (Norwood).