Unfortunately as the summer months have progressed, mosquito activity and the isolation of mosquito-borne illness has increased. Currently the CT Department of Public Health has issued warnings in certain parts of the State for Eastern equine encephalitis.
Eastern equine encephalitis is rare but very serious in humans and can cause death in as many as 30% of those infected. While mosquitoes carrying EEE are associated with a specific type of breeding habitat, all residents are encouraged to avoid outdoor activities at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active and wear bug repellent when outdoors.
West Nile virus has also been isolated in mosquitoes throughout the State and can be found in mosquitoes in the Farmington Valley. Mosquitoes that carry WNV breed easily in small containers of water and residents are reminded to empty any containers that trap water to help reduce breeding sites.
Visit the link here to learn more about what you can do to make your property less inviting to mosquitoes.
Remember-mosquitoes continue to be active during the fall months.