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Protect yourself and your family from EEE

Blackstone is currently on CRITICAL alert for the EEE virus. With confirmed cases left and right, its important to get the most reliable information on how you can protect yourself from EEE. In this article we have information on the prevention of EEE virus directly from the CDC.

The most effective way to prevent infection from the ­­­Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus is to prevent mosquito bites. Mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, treat clothing and gear, and take steps to control mosquitoes indoors and outdoors.

Use insect repellent

Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellentsExternal with one of the active ingredients below. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Tips for babies and children

  • Always follow instructions when applying insect repellent to children.
    Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months old. Instead, dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs.
  • Cover strollers and baby carriers with mosquito netting.
  • Do not use products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD) on children under 3 years old.
  • Do not apply insect repellent to a child’s hands, eyes, mouth, cuts, or irritated skin.
  • Adults: Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply to a child’s face

Tips for everyone

  • Always follow the product label instructions.
  • Reapply insect repellent as directed.
  • Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing.
  • If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and insect repellent second.

Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants

Treat clothing and gear

    •  Permethrin is an insecticide that kills or repels mosquitoes.
    • Permethrin-treated clothing provides protection after multiple washings.
    • Read product information to find out how long the protection will last.

Take steps to control mosquitoes indoors and outdoors

    • Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out items that hold water, such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpots, or trash containers.
    • Check indoors and outdoors.

During this time (with a critical level for Blackstone), protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites. Hold on for some more as winter is coming… soon, these mosquitoes will die and we’ll all be in the clear. Until then, protect yourself!

Blackstone also has scheduled aerial spraying for EEE. Details will be posted soon.

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