EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) - Thirty U. S. states have confirmed cases of the West Nile virus, this season. No human cases have been reported here in Massachusetts--even though some mosquitoes in Pittsfield tested positive for the virus. Regardless, mosquito prevention is very important.
What attracts mosquitoes?
- Experts say those with Type-O blood are more susceptible to bites.
- Mosquitoes like sweat and carbon dioxide (something you emit when you're breathing).
- Also--believe it or not--a 12-ounce of beer attracts these pesky bugs ( scientists are still trying to figure out why this is ).
- 85% of people produce a chemical signal that helps the mosquitoes decipher what kind of blood the person has, which makes them want to bite.
How do you prevent from getting bit by mosquitoes? The Department of Public Health recommends that you:
- Wear long pants and sleeves if you're outdoors during peak mosquito hours (dusk to dawn).
- Standing water is a breeding ground for the type of mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus, so if you have any stagnant puddles on your property, get ride of them right away (i. e. check your gutters, tires, kids' toys and make sure to empty kiddie pools after use).