Public Health Advisory - Additional positive EEE samples
Updated 8/15/19: There have been two additional positive EEE samples collected from a trap on Oyster Pond. The samples were taken on Tuesday, 8/13/19, and were found in the bird-biting mosquito, Culiseta melanura, and the mammal-biting mosquito, Coquillettidia perturbens. This area was included in the truck spraying that took place on 8/14/19. The Cape Cod Mosquito Control Project is going to take additional samples now that the area has been sprayed, and will update the Falmouth Health Department as soon as those results are in. Contact the Cape Cod Mosquito Control Project at (508)775-1510 or the Falmouth Health Department at (508)495-7485. As always, we strongly recommend that residents use EPA-approved repellents and wear long sleeves and/or pants if tolerable to prevent mosquito bites.
Mosquitoes are a known vector of several diseases. The Cape Cod Mosquito Control Project serves all of Barnstable County with an integrated pest management approach of mechanical, cultural, and biological controls to help regulate the mosquito population on Cape Cod. For more information, please visit their website at ccmcp.net or call them at 508-775-1510. Always remember to wear your insect repellent, and insect-repellent treated clothing.
There are several steps you can take to control mosquitoes at your home:
- Remove standing water in your yard where mosquitoes could lay eggs.
- Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out any items that hold water like tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpot saucers, or trash containers. Mosquitoes lay eggs near water.
- Tightly cover water storage containers (buckets, cisterns, rain barrels) so that mosquitoes cannot get inside to lay eggs.
- For containers without lids, use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito.
- Use larvicides to treat large containers of water that will not be used for drinking and cannot be covered or dumped out.
- If you have a septic tank, repair cracks or gaps. Cover open vent or plumbing pipes. Use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito.
Kill mosquitoes outside your home.
- Use an outdoor insect spray made to kill mosquitoes in areas where they rest.
- Mosquitoes rest in dark, humid areas like under patio furniture, or under the carport or garage. When using insecticides, always follow label instructions.
- Prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
- Install or repair and use window and door screens. Do not leave doors propped open.
- Use air conditioning when possible.