Mosquito Bite Prevention Tips from the Health Department

Wakefield is currently in the midst of mosquito season, which runs from May until the first hard frost. These insects can spread viruses that cause serious diseases. Over the years, West Nile Virus (WNV)  and Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) have been reported in mosquito samples in Massachusetts. This interactive map allows you to view the State’s current risk levels and detections of EEE and WNV; June's report from the State lists Wakefield’s current EEE risk as remote and WNV risk as low.

You can take these steps to reduce your risk:

  • Use EPA-approved mosquito repellent any time you are outdoors, even if it is a short time. Be sure to follow the directions on the label.
  • If mosquitoes are actively present around you and biting, reapply repellent or go inside.
  • Be extra cautious during peak mosquito hours--dusk to dawn.
  • Wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors; use mosquito netting on baby carriages.
  • Make sure screens are in working order and are tightly attached to doors and windows.
  • Remove standing water from places like buckets, gutters, old tires, wheel barrows, and wading pools where mosquitoes lay eggs.
  • Avoid camping overnight near freshwater swamps and use a tent with mosquito netting.

Remember to protect your pets. Infection in dogs and cats is very rare, but horses, llamas, and alpacas are all known to be susceptible to both WNV and EEE. A vaccine is approved for use in horses. Contact your veterinarian for further information about pet-friendly mosquito repellants.

Mosquito Spraying in Wakefield

On July 20 and 21, 2021, the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project (EMMCP) sprayed to reduce mosquito populations in Wakefield. They used a truck-mounted aerosol sprayer to apply Zenivex E4 (EPA Reg No. 2724.807) applied at 1 oz per acre. Information about the project, including the EMMCP’s spray schedule, is available on their website. If you have any questions, you can reach the EMMCP at (781) 899-5730.