Despite the autumn weather this month, Falmouth residents should continue to protect themselves from mosquito bites, health agent Scott McGann said during the Falmouth Board of Health meeting Monday, October 7.
Falmouth’s risk level for eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, remains moderate while the mosquito count is down due to cooler nighttime hours, the health agent said.
The most recent sampling results from the Cape Cod Mosquito Control Project during the week of September 23 were negative for EEE.
“You’ll see some mosquitoes during daytime hours because of the warmer temperatures,” Mr. McGann said, adding the risk level will remain at least moderate until the first hard frost.
Residents with questions can contact the Cape Cod Mosquito Control Project at 508-775-1510 or the Falmouth Health Department at 508-495-7485. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s website also has updates on current West Nile virus and EEE activity.
Mr. McGann recommended that residents use EPA-approved repellents and wear long sleeves and/or pants if outdoors to prevent mosquito bites.