Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Protect yourself and family against mosquito bites - colder temperatures haven't killed off Tiverton's infected mosquitoes yet.
Samples from a northern Tiverton mosquito pool tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), announced DEM on Monday. The positive EEE result was from a Culex species that feeds on birds and mammals. The positive EEE finding came from mosquitoes trapped by DEM staff on Sept.24 and tested at the RI Department of Health (HEALTH) laboratory. The results were confirmed on Monday. According to Alan Gettman, Ph.D., DEM's mosquito abatement coordinator, even though evening temperatures have gotten cooler, there are still infected mosquitoes in the environment. Therefore, all Rhode Islanders should take extra care to protect themselves, particularly when mosquito-biting activity is high. Both Tiverton and Little Compton schools …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Portsmouth residents say they're happy with the decision to spray for mosquitoes.
Anyone who's gone for an evening run, walked the dog or gone for a bike ride this summer knows one thing — don't leave the house without bug spray. Mosquitoes seem to have multiplied this summer more than the island's rabbits and coyotes (if that's possible). On Tuesday, the town announced they would spray for the pesky bugs. Residents, who have been (pardon the pun) itching for a solution, rejoiced on Portsmouth Patch's Facebook page. Brianna Philbrook: Soo excited! I only wish it was sooner. Tanja Lazar: Wow finally. It's only the end of summer. Jane Wolk Wheeler: Wish they'd done it 6 weeks ago! I am less worried about the pesticide chemicals at this point than the potential mosquito borne diseases not to mention the amount of …
For the first time in 20 years, the state will allow a Rhode Island town to spray for mosquitoes.
The state of Rhode Island will allow the town of Portsmouth to spray for mosquitoes this Thursday — a first for any town since 1996, according to "The Providence Journal." The town of Portsmouth, with permission from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), will conduct adult spraying for mosquitoes on Thursday, Aug. 23, from 7 to 11 p.m. The spraying is weather permitting, according to a press release from the town. Narragansett Pest Control will use a broad spectrum adulticide, Anvil 10+ 10- ULV. The spraying will be conducted through the Norseman, Viking, Valhalla, Common Fence and Island Park neighborhoods. Any resident that objects to the spraying can opt out by calling the Mosquito Hotline at 643-0281 by 3 p.…
Sunday, August 19, 2012
How can you protect yourself? Check out the tips below.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
The following is from a press release. The Rhode Island Department of Health has determined that, according to its Mosquito-Borne Disease Risk Assessment Matrix, Rhode Island is at high risk for mosquito-borne illness. The health department is advising Rhode Islanders to take precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites after test results from a mosquito trap in Tiverton recently tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and tests from two Rhode Island mosquito traps tested positive for West Nile Virus. “It is not unusual to see positive results for EEE and West Nile Virus in mosquitoes in Rhode Island,” said Michael Fine, MD, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health. “But these positive results remind us …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Samples from a central Tiverton mosquito trap tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, DEM announced today.
The state Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today that test results from a mosquito sample from central Tiverton tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). This is the first positive report of EEE identified in Rhode Island this year, although it is presumed likely to be present in other areas of the state. The positive EEE result was from a Culiseta species that feeds almost exclusively on birds. The positive finding came from mosquitoes trapped by DEM staff on Aug. 6 and tested at the state Department of Health (HEALTH) laboratory. The results were confirmed today. As a result, DEM will be setting extra mosquito traps across the East Bay area. In Rhode Island EEE has only been found in mosquito species …
Friday, August 10, 2012
Those pesky bugs seem to be everywhere this summer, but where do you see them the most in Portsmouth?
Those pesky mosquitoes seem to be everywhere this summer and even more of a serious threat after the first confirmed EEE case in nearby Massachusetts. We already know there's an increase in mosquitoes in the northern section of town, but where else have you seen these biting bugs? Click on the interactive map above, zoom in and click "add" to record your mosquito sighting in Portsmouth.
The Island Park Playground will be treated with a natural spray Friday morning, weather permitting.
The following is from a town press release. In response to the high number of adult biting mosquitoes as verified by landing counts conducted by the town’s contractor for mosquito control, the Town of Portsmouth is authorized to conduct a test area for treatment with an EPA exempt product: Mosquito Barrier, a natural garlic based product. The town’s contractor, Narragansett Pest Control, will be applying the product at the Island Park Playground by truck mounted and /or ground spraying equipment starting this Friday morning (weather dependent) and continuing for the next two weeks. Residents should experience no disruption in the use of the playground. The product will be applied to brush and tall vegetation in the test area that dries on…
Friday, July 20, 2012
Massachusetts Department of Health announced that numerous Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)-positive mosquito samples were found in that state. Rhode Island officials urge residents to take measures to protect themselves.
Friday, July 20, 2012
The Rhode Island Department of Health is reminding all Rhode Islanders to take precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites after the Massachusetts Department of Health announced that numerous Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)-positive mosquito samples were found in that state. Massachusetts has announced that aerial spraying for mosquitoes will take place in 21 cities and towns there on Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21, including nearby Rehoboth. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) tests mosquito pools statewide in Rhode Island for EEE and West Nile Virus (WNV) each week. DEM reports that the state today received its first positive result for West Nile Virus from a sample pool in Westerly. No …
Monday, August 16, 2010
The report marks the first case this summer of eastern equine encephalitis in either Rhode Island or Massachusetts.
A Newport County man is in critical condition after contracting the eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus in Southeastern Massachusetts earlier this month. Rhode Island Department of Health spokeswoman Anne Marie Beardsworth told Patch that the man, who is in his twenties, was still in critical condition at a Rhode Island hospital on Sunday evening. The case marks the summer's first reported case of eastern equine encephalitis in either Rhode Island or Massachusetts. Beardsworth said the man likely contracted EEE after outdoor activities in Southeastern Massachusetts on Aug. 5. Several communities in that area had an elevated risk for EEE after several mosquito pools there tested positive for the virus. Beardsworth said those communities…