The Town of Plainville is currently at a moderate risk threat level from the State of Massachusetts Department of Public Health for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).
Although EEE virus has not been isolated in Plainville at this time, the virus has been found in several towns in Norfolk and Bristol Counties. As such, it is vital that residents take all steps necessary to avoid mosquito bites, whether at home or when visiting communities with elevated EEE risk. The threat is expected to remain elevated until the first hard frost of the year, which typically occurs in October. All residents are strongly urged to follow the recommendations listed below to protect themselves and their loved ones from illness caused by mosquitoes. The following recommendations are being made to reduce potential exposure:
- Wear mosquito repellent Products with 30% DEET, Permethrin, Picardin or oil of lemon eucalyptus are the most effective
- Be aware of peak mosquito hours. Mosquitos are most active from dusk to dawn
- Drain standing water on your property Mosquitos lay eggs in standing or stagnant water
- Wear long sleeves and long pants Covering skin will limit potential exposure
- Avoid outside areas with obvious mosquito activity
The Norfolk County Mosquito Control is a great resource. Visit http://www.norfolkcountymosquito.org/ to schedule spraying on your property.
Please visit the Plainville Mosquito Control Information page for the EEE fact sheet & more helpful links.
Contact the Board of Health with any additional questions at 508-695-3010, ext 460.