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Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus in Boston, MA

That’s right! West Nile Virus has already begun to make its presence known right here in Boston.

According to a recent report posted on the Boston News website, MASSLIVE.com, a pool of mosquitoes taken from Boston’s Roslindale neighborhood tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). This news comes just a week after mosquitoes carrying West Nile were detected in Western Massachusetts.

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne illness causing encephalitis and flulike symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent WNV infection. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. However, about 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms. Less than 1% of infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, neurologic illness.

Even though no human cases of the illness have come to light here in Massachusetts, risk for human infection generally builds through the season with peak risk occurring in August. Based on this timeline probability information and the recent discovery of local mosquitoes showing signs of WNV, now is the time to buckle down about mosquito control.

How do I protect myself against West Nile Virus?

A multi-tiered effort where businesses, municipalities, and private citizens employ tactics to reduce mosquito breeding populations as this is the best defense against any mosquito-borne viruses including West Nile.

Ways to Reduce the Mosquito Population

• Reduce standing water where mosquitoes breed — this includes emptying sources of standing water – where mosquitos tend to breed – from places like birdbaths, pet water dishes, pool covers and flowerpots.

Learn more in our blog: standing water and effective mosquito control.

• Use window screens to keep the mosquitoes out of living areas

• Use personal mosquito repellent to keep mosquitoes off when venturing away from your treated property.

• Implement a mosquito barrier treatment program such as those available through Mosquito Squad.

Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South can help by implementing a plan to reduce the breeding population of mosquitoes at your home or business. There are a few ways that this can be accomplished. Our most common and most effective mosquito program is our traditional barrier treatment program. The Squad’s barrier treatment is applied by our trained technicians to the areas where we know mosquitoes feed and harbor. The spray eliminates mosquitoes on contact and provides continuous protection for up to 21 days.

We also offer mosquito misting systems and special event mosquito treatments for any Canton, Weymouth or Hingham, MA, area outdoor event you have planned.

Call Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South at (781) 297-0123 for a Free Consultation!

Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South serves: Abington, Avon, Braintree, Brockton (02301), Canton, Cohasset, Dorchester (02124), Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Milton, Quincy, Randolph, Weymouth and Wollaston.

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