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New Information Available on Eastern Equine Encephalitis and Mosquito Control

March 4, 2009

As New Hampshire voters prepare to discuss town budget articles, UNH Cooperative Extension entomologist Alan Eaton has released an updated 15-page paper on mosquito-borne diseases in New Hampshire, and the various options to manage the problem.

If your town is considering spending money on mosquito management, you'll find this publication especially helpful.

EEE is the most common and severe of these diseases. In 2005, New Hampshire had the highest number of human EEE cases in the nation, prompting much attention to ways of reducing the risk.

Many towns and cities started discussing mosquito monitoring or spraying programs, particularly in Rockingham County, the part of the state with the highest risk for EEE. There are many ways to reduce EEE risk, including new insect-repellents options for individuals.

Eaton has also put together a companion publication titled “ Insect Repellents,” which covers the DEET-based repellents on which we have relied for many years, as well as Picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus and other active ingredients.

To obtain a copy of the EEE document, you can go to UNH Cooperative Extension’s web site at http://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource000534_Rep1070.pdf and for the “Insect Repellants” document, go to http://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource000963_Rep1073.pdf

For a hard copy of either of these documents, call 2-3200.

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