Hunting/Hiking/Fishing Enthusiasts - Avoid Swamps and Wetlands
Avoid Mosquitoes/EEE in Swamp & Wetland Areas
ATTENTION Hunters, Anglers, and Hikers:
Residents, especially those in the southeastern part of the state from the lower Connecticut River Valley to the Rhode Island border, are advised to protect themselves and their children by taking personal precautions to prevent mosquito bites until the first hard frost of the fall.
While the recent drop in temperatures are not yet cold enough to kill mosquitoes, they will be successful in driving mosquitoes back into the swamps and wetlands where they live, and prefer to be. These areas are often where people go to hunt, hike, or fish, and may take their kids to learn and enjoy these activities. If you are going to spend time near swamps or wetlands for hiking, fishing, or other outdoor activities, please take precautions to protect yourself and your children from mosquito bites. The Glastonbury Health Department is advising residents to wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors, as well as mosquito repellent and to ultimately avoid swamps and wetlands as much as possible until the first hard frost of the season. Consideration should also be given to minimizing outdoor activity from dusk to dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. The Department of Public Health announced on Oct. 1, 2019 that a third person has died this year in CT from Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and a fourth person remains hospitalized due to EEE (Click here to view the press release for more details).
For more information, including weekly surveillance updates of mosquito and virus activity, precautionary and control methods, and the current list of certified applicators, please visit https://portal.ct.gov/mosquito.