Due To A Recent Influx Of Mosquito Pests Around Homes, Maine CDC Authorities Are Reminding Residents That The Bloodsucking Pests Transmit Three Diseases In The State

In addition to the pandemic endangering and forcing people indoors this summer, it is making the mosquito situation even worse for humans this year. The bloodsuckers seem to be getting desperate in these lean times when their usual source for a blood meal is much less readily available with people staying indoors and not frollicking en mass outside under the summer sun like usual. Those that do venture outdoors are like massive magnets attracting any and all mosquitoes in the vicinity. Not only are people experiencing an influx of mosquito pests around the outside of their homes, with people staying inside, mosquitoes are lining up to find a way in to where the food is hiding itself away. People are having to deal with more mosquitoes coming to bother them inside their homes in addition to outside. This influx of mosquito pests around people’s homes prompted the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to release statements urging people to be careful and take precautions against mosquitoes and sharing advice on how people can protect themselves.

The Maine CDC warns people in their statement to take steps to minimize their risk of getting bitten by mosquitoes. In particular, they reminded the public that they are at risk of catching three very serious diseases from mosquito bites, those being Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), Jamestown Canyon virus (JCV), and West Nile virus (WNV). Due to the seriousness of these diseases and this increased possible threat mosquitoes pose to humans at a time when we are already dealing with a major health threat, the Maine CDC urged people to follow the steps they suggested to protect themselves against mosquitoes and take precautions to prevent getting bitten. People can do this by wearing long sleeves and pants as well as insect repellent when outside, taking extra care around dusk and dawn when the bloodsuckers are most active. To keep them from gaining entry inside your home make sure all screens on doors and windows are in good shape and with no places a mosquito could slip through. You also want to drain any and all sources of standing water around your home such as flower pots, garbage can lids, bird baths, and basically anything that can catch and hold even a small amount of water.   

Have you noticed more mosquitoes bothering you around your home this summer?