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The warm temperatures are finally here in Massachusetts, and of course our thoughts turn to spending more time outdoors with friends and family. As we head out the door, though, it’s important to remember to take steps to protect ourselves from ticks and mosquito bites. That’s because ticks and mosquitoes are more than just pests – they can carry diseases which can make us very sick.

With that in mind, the Department of Public Health is pleased to announce the launch of “Mosquitoes and Ticks: They’re Out in Mass” – a major new public awareness campaign focused on preventing tick-borne and mosquito-borne illnesses.

Here’s the campaign’s inaugural Public Service Announcement, which shows some of the simple, common-sense ways that people can avoid getting bitten by ticks and mosquitoes this summer:

The PSA is being actively distributed to broadcast, cable, and public access outlets across Massachusetts. As the summer continues, DPH will release additional videos providing more in-depth messaging on:

  • personal prevention tips for ticks and mosquitoes
  • making your home and yard tick- and mosquito-free
  • how to remove a tick if you’ve been bitten
  • how to safely and effectively apply bug repellent

All of the videos, as they become available, can be found at www.mass.gov/MosquitoesAndTicks in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Local health departments, community organizations and other stakeholders are encouraged to place these videos on their websites and share via their social networks to help get the word out. Instructions on how to embed the videos can be found here.

In addition, the campaign will also feature a new fold-out wallet-sized brochure that depicts each of the steps that people can take to avoid mosquito and tick bites. The new brochure will be available later in July, for free download or ordering by mail, at the DPH Massachusetts Clearinghouse at www.mass.gov/maclearinghouse.

For more information, visit www.mass.gov/MosquitoesAndTicks or our mosquito and tick web pages for answers to frequently asked questions, free materials for download or ordering, information about the specific diseases carried by ticks and mosquitoes, and more.

And in the meantime,  remember – mosquitoes and ticks are out in Mass!

Written By:


Commissioner of the Department of Public Health

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