Public Health IPM
Insects, Mosquitos & Ticks in Public Health
Arthropod-Borne Virus Situation in New Hampshire, July 29, 2015
Mosquitoes: So far this season, the state labs have not confirmed any positives for either West Nile virus or Eastern Equine Encephalitis. This includes human and veterinary cases, sick birds, and mosquito testing. Usually the risk of acquiring one of these diseases is highest in September and August. Usually we do not see positive test reports in July, except in peak years. As of today, no EEE positives (mosquito, bird, veterinary, human) have been reported to the CDC in New England or New York. West Nile positive mosquitos have been detected in Berkshire County, MA.
Ticks: The risk of acquiring a tick-borne disease in August or September is usually low, but will probably increase significantly in early October.
New Hampshire Tick-Borne Disease Prevention Plan
This plan was unveiled (if that’s the correct word…) April 14th, 2015. The lead author is Dr. Abigail Matthewson, of the NH Department of Health and Human Services, but several of us in various state agencies participated in the planning, assembling information, and writing. It covers all human tick-borne diseases in New Hampshire, describes their symptoms & etiology, and goes over the various options to prevent becoming a victim. There are dozens of links to useful information, for people who really want a really thorough coverage of the subject. To learn more about Lyme and other tick borne diseases, click here. -Dr. Alan Eaton, Entomologist, UNH Cooperative Extension
Blacklegged Ticks in New Hampshire, Updated Map 2014
This map is the result of 25 years of active and passive surveillance on blacklegged tick (BLT) in New Hampshire. In the beginning, there were just three published records of this species in New Hampshire. This map compiles over 700 records, through late November 2013.
The NH Division of Health & Human Services has information and maps on Lyme disease and blacklegged tick.
Ticks can transmit several human diseases, and New Hampshire is home to many species of ticks. Learn what ticks look like, how they live, the diseases they spread, how to manage tick problems, and how to protect yourself from tick-borne diseases.
The NH Division of Health & Human Services has information & maps on mosquito-spread diseases in NH.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is a disease that is transmitted by mosquitos. Learn about Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and how it spreads, what types of mosquitos transmit EEE, and how to protect yourself from this disease.
Insect repellents can help you protect yourself from insect-borne diseases. Learn about the various types of insect repellents available and their efficacy.