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September 14, 2013

More mosquitoes test positive for West Nile in Methuen


Methuen is not the only local city plagued with mosquitoes infected by the West Nile virus. Batches of mosquitoes that have tested positive have been found in Groveland, Haverhill, North Andover and the New Hampshire towns of Hampstead and Sandown.

Last night, Haverhill canceled its football game against Central Catholic because of the West Nile threat. The game will be played today at 3 p.m.

Protecting yourself from mosquitoes Avoid Mosquito Bites by limiting outdoor activities from dusk to dawn, the peak biting times. If not, use bug spray and wear long-sleeves, long pants and socks outdoors to keep mosquitoes from your skin. Cover up children's arms and legs when playing outdoors and place mosquito netting over a baby's carriage or playpen. Apply bug spray when outdoors, a mosquito repellent that contains DEET or Picaridin or lemon eucalyptus oil and always follow the directions on the package. Only use products with permethrin on clothing. Repellents should not be used on children younger than 2 months old and lemon eucalyptus oil should not be applied on children under 3. Mosquito-Proof Your Home Drain standing water so mosquitoes don't lay their eggs in it. Check rain gutters and drains, unused flowerpots and wading pools, as they will breed in any standing water lasting more than four days. Change water in birdbaths frequently. Install or repair screens so mosquitoes don't get inside your house.

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