Robert F. Bracey, Director
235 North St.
North Reading, MA 01864
For Immediate Release
Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus in North Reading
NORTH READING — The Town of North Reading Health Department would like to advise all Town residents that on Aug. 30, the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project collected mosquito samples that were infected with the West Nile Virus (WNV).
As a precautionary measure the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has raised the Town of North Reading risk level from low to moderate.
At this time, The Health Department and the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project are recommending the following additional precautionary measures be taken by residents and their families to reduce the chance of infection:
- Wear long sleeves and long pants when weather permits.
- Use mosquito netting on baby carriages and playpens.
- Dump all standing water sources.
Avoid Mosquito Bites
- Be aware of peak mosquito hours. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning.
- If you are outdoors at any time and notice mosquitoes around you, take steps to avoid being bitten by moving indoors, covering up and/or wearing repellent.
- Clothing can help reduce mosquito bites. Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
Apply Insect Repellent When You Go Outdoors
- Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label.
- DEET products should not be used on infants under two months old and should be used in concentrations of 30 percent or less on older children.
- Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin.
Mosquito-Proof Your Home
- Drain standing water. Many mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.
- Install or repair screens. Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.
Residents with questions about mosquitoes or how to control them can contact North Reading Director of Public Health Robert F. Bracey at 978-357-5242, visit the Town Health Department website or the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project at its website or at 781-893-5759.