Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), commonly called “Triple E” is a dangerous arbovirus that is commonly passed from bird to mosquito to horse, and less frequently from bird to mosquito to human. As we reported before, there are many more human cases of EEE in Massachusetts than in any other state. You may also know that 30% of humans that do contract EEE do not survive. While we know you are listening and understanding, we wanted to pass on a additional information about EEE in Central Mass to help you protect yourself.
EEE Cancelled Halloween in Westminster
While EEE is beginning to rear its ugly head now, October is when we see EEE most in Central Massachusetts. Last year, Westminster postponed Halloween activities and cancelled the annual bonfire to avoid exposing people to potentially infected mosquitoes. A horse had recently died from EEE and rather than bring everyone out trick-or-treating anyway, they moved it to a day time trick-or-treat on Saturday. EEE is at its peak in October due to wet fall conditions and mild temperatures. According to CBS Boston, evening youth sports and activities were also cancelled in Westminster at that time to avoid exposure to mosquitoes.
Is your Massachusetts town in a Triple-E High Risk Zone?
The Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services is tracking your risk for Triple-E where you live. With interactive maps showing your current risk level and tracking for positive EEE cases in mosquitoes, animals and people – you can always know when you’re risk is increased. Make note on the map that Westminster has a moderate risk for EEE, whereas Gardner, Hubbardston, Princeton, Leominster, Lancaster, Bolton, Acton, Concord and Sudbury Counties all have a lower risk. These risks are current and will change as the wetter fall weather approaches. Please keep your eyes on your risk level and should any cases be discovered, stay with us at Mosquito Squad of Central Mass – we will keep you updated.
Preventing EEE at your home in Central Mass
From Sharon to Worcester and Leominster to Framingham, your best weapon against EEE is to avoid mosquitoes and mosquito bites. You don’t have to cancel Halloween to protect yourself and your family. Start by eliminating mosquitoes in your yard with help from Mosquito Squad of Central Massachusetts. Our traditional barrier spray eliminates mosquitoes and ticks on contact and continues to work for up to 21 days. By lowering the populations of mosquitoes in your yard by 85-90% we can help keep you and your family safe from itchy bites and mosquito-borne diseases this season. Contact us to sign up today by giving us a call at (877) 387-7823, dropping us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting our website at centralmass.mosquitosquad.com. We look forward to protecting your property this season and for many seasons to come.