CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — It’s the perfect recipe to attract mosquitoes: plenty of rain and now warm temperatures.
“Anything over 50 degrees is a good temperature for a mosquito and they need water, so now we have plenty of water and nice warm temperatures,” explains Jeanne Galloway, Director of Public Health of West Springfield.
All of the rain brought water in your own yards inviting the critters, in places like: clogged gutters, bird baths, puddles, etc.
“Standing water 3-4 days if it’s there, then it could be a possible breeding place for them,” Galloway adds.
There have been no reported cases of West Nile yet this year here in Western Massachusetts, but some communities are doing what they can to prevent the virus before it becomes a problem.
Chicopee had one case of West Nile last year. This year, the city is pre-treating bodies of water in an effort to prevent breeding.
The water chemical treatment is professionally handled and safe for the environment.
There are also measures you can take to protect yourself and children: remember the 6 D’s:
- Use bug spray with DEET in it.
- Limit time outdoors between Dusk and Dawn
- Drain standing water in your yard
- Dress accordingly
“You’ll want to wear long sleeves, long pants, light colored clothing because they are attracted to dark,” says Galloway.
You get EEE or WNV from the bite of an infected mosquito, although, not all mosquitoes are infected.
West Nile Virus can cause you to feel sick 3 to 15 days after a mosquito bites you. People who get sick may have flu-like symptoms