Post Content

Mosquitoes and ticks are carriers of diseases which can make people sick, including Eastern Equine Encephalitis, West Nile Virus, and Lyme Disease. Warm days and a higher frequency of outdoor activities make summer a high-risk season for getting bitten by these critters; take precautions when spending time outdoors to limit your exposure.

Mosquitoes

  • image of mosquito on a human armStanding water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Be sure to pour out all buckets, coolers, and other containers after use.
  • Use a U. S. Environmental Protection Agency registered repellant to ward off mosquitoes
  • Wear long sleeves and pants when possible and tuck in shirts to limit the amount of exposed skin.
  • Mosquitoes are most active at sunrise, sunset, and dusk.
  • Replace porch lights with yellow “bug lights;” these bulbs tend to attract fewer mosquitoes than standard lights.

Ticks

  • image of a tick on SkinBathe or shower as soon as possible after being outdoors, especially in moist, wooded or grassy areas, and be sure to perform a tick check. Ticks are tiny bugs which like to hide in warm places, so be on the lookout for “new freckles” inside and behind the ears, along the hairline, on back of the neck, armpits, inside the belly button, between the legs, behind knees, and between toes.
  • Carry a copy of the Tick Identification Card.
  • Keep your yard free from rotting leaves and damp grasses to reduce the chances of breeding ticks.

If you find a tick somewhere on your body, don’t be alarmed. Use fine-tipped tweezers to pull the tick out. Avoid home remedies like petroleum jelly or nail polish. The key is to remove the entire tick as quickly and thoroughly as possible. Follow-up with a health professional if you develop a fever or rash at the site of the bite.

Taking a few precautions will help to keep you healthy, happy, and bite-free this summer!

Written By:

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Recent Posts

Massachusetts Affordable Housing Programs posted on Aug 21

Massachusetts Affordable Housing Programs

There’s truly no place like home. That’s why the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) supports low-income families, people living with special needs, or others in need of financial assistance with affordable housing options in Massachusetts. Families or individuals looking for affordable housing   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Affordable Housing Programs

Massachusetts Fair and Safe Labor Practices posted on Aug 20

Massachusetts Fair and Safe Labor Practices

Every Massachusetts employee is entitled to workplace rights that are protected under state labor laws. The Office of the Attorney General (AGO) and the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) advocate for Massachusetts worker rights through the following practices and programs: Child Labor/   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Fair and Safe Labor Practices

The Massachusetts Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) Arbitration Program posted on Aug 19

The Home Improvement Contractor Arbitration Program promotes speedy, efficient, and fair resolutions to disputes between homeowners and registered contractors and/or subcontractors regarding home improvements. It is part of the Home Improvement Contractor Act, which became Massachusetts law in 1992. Is Arbitration Right for You? Ask   …Continue Reading The Massachusetts Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) Arbitration Program