Mosquito experts say the intensity of this season, running until about mid-September, looks to be in line with the past few years. But the wet spring, which facilitates larvae growth, could mean it is going to be a bit worse
As nights get warmer this spring, South Shore residents should expect to hear the buzzing – and feel the bites – of mosquitoes.
Mosquito experts say the intensity of this season, running until about mid-September, looks to be in line with the past few years.
But the wet spring, which facilitates larvae growth, could mean it is going to be a bit worse, Plymouth County Mosquito Control Project superintendent Anthony Texeira said.
“Once the temperatures get warmer, it could be very bad,” he said. “But we don’t know.”
Even the amount of snow the area gets can affect how intense mosquito season will be, Norfolk County Mosquito Control Program director John Smith said, because it promotes the breeding of “snow-melt mosquitoes.”
Already this spring, swamps have been sprayed with larvicides to kill mosquitoes before they hatch.
Spraying for adult mosquitoes will begin at the end of May, when temperatures get to 50 degrees during dawn hours.
Residents can call their county’s mosquito control project to have their streets be sprayed.
Texeira said people shouldn’t worry about mosquito-borne viruses such as West Nile or Eastern equine encephalitis until August or September.
Last year, there were no human cases of West Nile or EEE in Massachusetts. In 2007, there were six human cases of West Nile virus in the state but no cases of EEE. Between 2004 and 2006, there were 13 cases, with six deaths caused by EEE.
Quincy Health Commissioner Andrew Scheele said protecting yourself from disease is about using common sense.
“If you don’t have to be out at dusk and dawn, don’t be out,” he said. “If you are out, put on long-sleeved shirt and use mosquito repellant with DEET in it.”
“You just have to be vigilant,” he said.
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