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Despite the Drought, Mosquitoes in Wilmington Mass Thrive

Dry hot conditions in Massachusetts this summer may have you longing for autumn to arrive. While a hot, dry spell can have some negatives effects, a major positive is a reduction in mosquito populations. This fact may leave you wondering…
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Zika Virus is Getting Media Attention, But Dangerous West Nile Virus is Already Here in Central Mass

The Zika Virus has owned the media since early spring, and for good reason, it can have devastating repercussions to those affected by it. In Central Massachusetts, all the cases of Zika have been transmitted while traveling to other countries.…
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Triple-E (EEE) Deserves Triple Coverage from Mosquito Squad of Central Mass

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…
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Aristotle wrote about it. Alexander the Great was likely killed by it. Bill Gates has made it his mission to fight it. The 210 million year struggle against the most prolific killer of all time.

Every school-aged kid learns about various plagues and black deaths and yellow fevers that killed off massive numbers of people during times when the medical community didn’t have as much knowledge as they do now. If you were like me,…
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Ponds, streams, bird baths or buckets: which of these is turning your Central Mass yard into a mosquito factory?

What makes a better mosquito habitat? A neighborhood pond filled with fish, frogs, and other insects or a forgotten dog dish sitting undisturbed under a shady tree in your suburban back yard? If it is left with water in it…
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‘Tis the season for Mosquito Borne disease in Central Mass

Did you know that through history mosquitoes have caused more human deaths than any other animal? It’s true. Being vectors of serious diseases makes the deadly mosquito scarier than sharks, bears, lions and other “dangerous” animals. The first case of…
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Mosquito Bites Itch And Sting But Can They Cause Death?

Almost everyone experiences itching after a mosquito bite.  The itch is a mild allergic reaction to the mosquito’s saliva causing our bodies to have a histamine response.  It’s usually just irritating.  Many homemade and over-the-counter medicines will reduce the itch…
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Clinton Mass Reports Its First Case Of West Nile Virus

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDH) announced that a mosquito collected in one of their samples tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV).  The mosquito was found July 3rd  2014 in a trap used by MDH to look for…
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Ochlerotatus Japonicus aka: Asian Rock Pool or Asian Bush Mosquito – Another Asian Arrival!

If you have been reading our blogs, you are familiar with the Asian Tiger mosquito.  Two particularly unique characteristics of the Asian Tiger mosquito are its aggressiveness and its habit of biting during the day.  Other mosquitoes in Central Mass…
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