9/6/2018: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Easton, Massachusetts. In 2018, 4,553 mosquito samples were tested for WNV and 471 samples in the state were positive. The Town of Easton had a second WNV positive mosquito sample identified on September 6, 2018. Please note that the risk level has been raised across the state to “Moderate.” Please review the attached press release on ways to stay safe from mosquito-borne illness.
8/15/18: The Easton Board of Health has been contacted by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and informed that a WNV (West Nile Virus) positive pool of mosquitos has been collected from Easton on 8/13/18. The species of mosquito is the Culiseta melanura. This species of mosquito is rarely attracted to mammals, and feeds almost exclusively on birds, but can affect humans if bitten by an infected mosquito. The Town of Easton’s risk level is currently at “low.” We will continue to send out updates and inform the public if the risk level changes. Please review the attached press release on ways to stay safe from mosquito-borne illness.
5/21/2018: Bristol County Mosquito Control is now accepting residential spraying requests. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Please include your first name, last name, full address, and zip code. Spraying will begin on May 29, 2018 weather permitting. This website is where residents that wish to be excluded from spray services can make this request. The nightly spray schedule on our website at: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/bristol-county-mosquito-control-project
Bristol County Mosquito Control website
2/20/2018: Notice of Aerial Larval Control Aerial Applications spring (summer if needed) targeting mosquito larvae in the larger wetlands within Bristol County.
Bristol County Mosquito Control will begin accepting requests on May 22, 2017 for residential spraying and begin spraying on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Weather dependent, spraying in Easton will normally be done on Mondays, between 2 am and sunrise.
The goal is to control nuisance and/or disease carrying adult mosquitoes. This service is performed at the request of residents, towns, and cities or when the virus is discovered in a particular area. We use the product Zenivex E4 RTU (EPA Reg. #2724-807) which is applied using Ultra Low Volume sprayers.
Requests can be made by calling Bristol County Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. (508) 823-5253. The office can also be reached via fax, 24 hours a day (508) 828-1868 and via email: RequestBristolMCP@comcast.net. All requests must include home owners name and full address, including city or town and zip code. If you are having an event and would like a special spray performed on a particular date, we ask that you submit your request 2-3 weeks in advance (this applies to both residents and town/city officials). There is no charge for spraying. It is performed between the hours of 2 am and sunrise. Spraying is done from roadside (the ULV aerosol will horizontally transport 300 ft).
The following number 617-582-6218 is furnished, on a 24-hour basis from June 1st through October 31, to allow residents to call after 3pm to find out if their street is scheduled to be sprayed the following day. (THIS IS NOT THE NUMBER TO REQUEST SPRAYING).
9/13/16 - West Nile virus confirmed in mosquitoes in Easton. Easton's risk level remains at "low."
Mass DPH Zika Virus Clinical Advisory, August 8, 2016
February 18, 2016 - Bristol County Control Wetlands Larvicide Notice
To access additional information concerning our project, virus information, fact sheets, prevention techniques, and more, visit the BCMCP on the web.
Click here for information from BCMCP on steps you can take to minimize the number of biting misquotes in your yard.
Late Season Advice: As we move into the later part of mosquito season, mosquito populations are decreasing but older mosquitoes are also more likely to carry virus. With cooler overnight temperatures, mosquito surveillance is less effective and the small numbers of mosquitoes that are actually trapped are not indicative of actual risk. It is particularly critical at this time of year to use mosquito repellent and use clothing to reduce exposed skin. In areas at higher risk for EEE, schedule outdoor activity to avoid the dusk to dawn period as this is when mosquitoes most likely to carry EEE are most active. The risk for mosquito borne illness will continue until a hard frost.
September 10, 2015 - Easton now at "Moderate" risk level for West Nile virus (WNV). Click here for more information.
September 1, 2015 - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Easton, Massachusetts. Click here for more information.
July 29, 2015 - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Easton, Massachusetts. Click here for more information.
August 29, 2013: Easton’s Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) risk level raised to High
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced today that Easton’s Risk level has been raised to High based on the presence of EEE positive mammal biting mosquitoes in Raynham and their proximity to the Hockomock Swamp. With this Risk level change comes the recommendation that all outdoor activities be cancelled in accordance with the DPH provided calendar as the mosquitoes most likely to transmit EEE infection are likely to be out searching for food (an animal to bite) at dusk.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind the public that using mosquito repellent, covering exposed skin with clothing and avoiding outdoor activity between dusk and dawn are all ways to help reduce mosquito exposure risk.
Click here to view the complete press release from DEP
News: August 22, 2013
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced yesterday that EEE virus has been detected in additional mosquitoes collected from Easton, Massachusetts on Monday August 19, 2013. The virus was isolated in a bird biting mosquito. Ongoing testing will continue.
News: August 21, 2013
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced today that EEE virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Easton, Massachusetts. In 2012, 6,828 mosquito samples were tested for EEE virus, and 267 positive samples were identified in Massachusetts. Easton had over 72 EEE virus positive mosquito samples identified in 2012.
This represents the first positive test results in Easton since September 10, 2012
EEE is a rare but serious illness spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. While EEE can infect people of all ages, people under15 years of age or over 50 years of age are at greatest risk for serious illness. Click here for further information.
News: August 7, 2013
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Easton, Massachusetts on August 1, 2013. Click here for full information.