RR News Alert: Eastern Equine Encephalitis Confirmed Despite Cooler Temperatures

RR News Alert: Eastern Equine Encephalitis Confirmed Despite Cooler Temperatures

The mosquito-borne illness has caused deaths in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and has been found in mosquitos in Connecticut, New York, Michigan, and North Carolina.

What is Eastern Equine Encephalitis? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), EEE is a virus that can be spread to humans through infected mosquitos. EEE can cause serious illness “…characterized by fever, malaise, vomiting, convulsions, and coma.” Approximately one-in-three people who are infected with EEE will die.

What’s the best way to protect yourself from Triple E? Follow the steps below, and wear a safe and effective insect repellent, like Ranger Ready Repellents, every day.

1. Apply Body-Worn Repellents Properly

Ranger Ready Repellents with Picaridin 20% repels mosquitos for up to 12 hours. Hold the fine mist spray 4-6 inches from skin and spray liberally directly onto limbs, hands, feet, and neck, and be sure to spread evenly for proper coverage. To apply to your face, spray onto hands first, avoiding eyes and mouth.

2. Dress Accordingly

Mosquitos are attracted to darker, earthy colors, so wear light colored clothing. Ranger Ready will not damage clothing, so spray the outside of your clothing and along clothing seams for an extra layer of protection.

3. Get Rid of Standing Water

Mosquitos lay their eggs in stagnant pools of water, including water left behind after rain. Removing standing water lowers the risk of mosquitos. Check your plant plates!

4. Keep Air Circulated

Mosquitos aren't great at flying. They love environments with little wind, so keep a fan close, even outdoors.

5. Cut the Grass

Mosquitos rest in overgrown grass and shrubs. Taming the foliage will help eliminate existing populations in your yard.