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Fight the Bite


Practice the 5 D's of mosquito protection:

  • DRESS in long sleeves and pants when possible. Cover up during periods of mosquito activity.
  • DEET is an effective insect repellent. Always follow the label instructions.
  • DAWN & DUSK are mosquitoes' most active periods.
  • DRAIN water from containers weekly. Avoid standing water, such as rain collecting in open bins, buckets or toys!

The City of Worcester participates in the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project (CMMCP). Please note that spray dates are subject to change due to weather conditions, mosquito populations, mosquito virus activity and/or special event spraying. Visit the CMMCP website for details about the spray schedule.

Although mosquito control pesticides pose low risks, some people may prefer to avoid or further minimize exposure. Some common sense steps to help reduce possible exposure to pesticides include:

  • Listen and watch for announcements about spraying in the local media and remain indoors during the application to the immediate area.
  • People who suffer from chemical sensitivities or feel spraying may aggravate a preexisting health condition, may consult their physician or local health department and take special measures to avoid exposure.
  • Close windows and turn off window-unit air conditioners when spraying is taking place in the immediate area.
  • Do not let children play near or behind truck-mounted applicators when they are in use.

Questions? Please contact CMMCP at 508-393-3055 between 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or logging onto http://www.cmmcp.org.


Avoid tick bites

  • Dress in long sleeves and pants when possible. Tuck pants into socks to prevent ticks from climbing inside the pant leg.
  • DEET is an effective insect repellent. Always follow the label instructions.
  • Do frequent "tick checks" on the entire family as well as pets. Thoroughly check areas around the ears, armpits and belly button.
  • If you find an attached tick, use tweezers to remove it by grasping close to the skin and pulling straight up.

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