GREENFIELD, Mass (WWLP) - Massachusetts health officials have reported finding the West Nile Virus in Mosquitoes collected in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood outside Boston and on Cape Cod this summer. Other towns have already begun spraying as a precaution.
Officials say that the positive test results for West Nile don't come as a surprise with the recent rains and hot weather. And while there have been no human cases they urge residents to be careful.
22News provides you with some ways to avoid mosquito bites.
One of the best ways to avoid being bitten is avoiding where mosquitoes are most commonly found, and that is normally near stagnant water and wooded areas with tall grass.
Sometimes those places are unavoidable, but if you have stagnant water in gutters, bird baths, or puddles near your house you should do your best to discard of them, according to the Massachusetts Health and Human Services web page. And by consistently mowing your lawn and keeping your grass kept low it gives mosquitoes less shade and they are less likely to hang around.
Whitney Wilson, of Greenfield told 22News she constantly deals with mosquitoes in the evening by her pool.
"We have a swimming pool outside it's been hot so we really have to spray them down at night because it really attracts the bugs having the water right outside."
Using EPA approved repellents can be effective if applied correctly, but repellents don't work for everyone.
"I try to stop them but no matter what we use we still get bit up," said Barbara Gonzalez, of Greenfield.
If you're going outdoors in the evening hours knowing that you will be near mosquitoes you're urged to wear long sleeves and pants.
Devin Duca, of Greenfield recently went on a camping trip with his friends in Northfield, and says he couldn't get away from mosquitoes.
"We wore Off and anything to keep mosquitoes away really. We started a camp fire but it didn't really help too much they were pretty bad."
Find out other ways to protect yourself from mosquito borne illnesses by visiting the Massachusetts Health and Human Services web page here .