Cohasset is proactively spraying certain Town-owned properties to aid in the prevention of mosquito-borne illnesses, specifically Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). EEE is a rare, but very serious mosquito-borne disease. There is a 50% mortality rate and up to 80% of survivors are left with permanent neurologic damage. All ages can be affected, including children. Massachusetts is entering the second year of a high risk cycle that typically lasts 2-3 years. Last year there were 12 cases in Massachusetts with 6 deaths. The season begins in late June and runs through mid-September.
Locations to be sprayed include playgrounds, athletic fields, park areas and other town properties. Spraying takes place very early Friday mornings before dawn. The DUET spray from the back of a truck kills adult mosquitos on contact and breaks down quickly and leaves no residue. Separately, Plymouth County Mosquito Control also targets mosquito larvae in standing water. The following properties will be sprayed on a weekly basis:
Remember that the primary method for staying safe this summer is to use bug repellent, wear long sleeves and long pants when in wooded areas, limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when possible and drain any standing water on your property.