CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - All of Massachusetts is on alert because of mosquito-borne illnesses.
There have been 10 cases of West Nile and two of Eastern Equine Encephalitis this year according to the Department of Public Health . And a Worcester man has died of West Nile; the last death in the state was 7 years ago.
It's because of this threat that repellents are flying off the shelves.
Seth Dihlmann, manager of Rocky's in East Longmeadow, told 22News,"There's been a lot of mosquitoes this year and with a lot of mosquitoes comes a lot of mosquito spray sales."
When you're picking out bug spray for your skin you want to get one with DEET inside but it's important to notice there are different percentages in each type. Children should not use concentrations of more than 30% DEET.
And there are other products that can help protect your whole home. As far as backyard control, there are mosquito magnets that work all season long and there's also foggers and sprays that you can spray down that seem to be very effective.
People over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe disease but it can infect people of all ages. Chicopee schools are canceling outdoor games after 4:30 in the afternoon. It's a precaution that people can understand but mosquitoes are still hard to avoid.
"You can't stop living because of it, but there are a lot of precautions that you can take for using different insect repellents on your skin," said Kathi Sheehan of Springfield. "The danger is always there but you can't stop enjoying life because of the dangers."
Still, the DPH is urging communities designated at "High" risk to cancel any planned evening outdoor events for the remainder of the season until the first hard frost.