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FAQ about Mosquitoes in Massachusetts

Frequently Asked Questions about Mosquitoes in Massachusetts
Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 305 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Are there different kinds of mosquitoes?
Yes. About 3000 different kinds (also called “species”) of mosquitoes have been identified worldwide, with more than 150 different kinds of mosquitoes found in North America. Fifty-one different kinds of mosquitoes have been found in Massachusetts.

Where are mosquitoes usually found?
Most adults spend the day in damp, shady areas where they can find protection from the sun; some of them will even hide in your house. Mosquitoes need water to lay their eggs in and plants to hide in so they are usually found around water and plants. Mosquito eggs are laid on water or damp soil where the young mosquitoes grow and develop. Different mosquitoes prefer different kinds of water. Some like swamps or ponds and others prefer water in swimming and wading pools, old tires, watering cans, flower pots, trash cans, etc. When the young mosquito turns into an adult, it leaves the water and flies away.

How long do mosquitoes live?
Most female mosquitoes live for less than 2 weeks and most male mosquitoes live for less than a week. However, when the conditions are right, some mosquitoes will live up to 8 weeks. The life cycle of all mosquitoes includes four different stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Adult mosquitoes are the only ones that fly.

Why do mosquitoes bite?
Only female mosquitoes bite to suck blood. The female uses the blood to make eggs. Male and female mosquitoes use plant nectars and fruit juices as their main source of food.

Do all female mosquitoes bite humans?
No. Different kinds of mosquitoes like different types of blood. Some mosquitoes feed on animals like frogs, turtles and birds. Other kinds bite mammals, including horses and humans. Some will bite both birds and mammals including humans. These mosquito species play an important role in spreading disease between birds and other mammals, including humans. Diseases that are usually found in birds can be transmitted to humans (and some other mammals, like horses) by mosquitoes that bite both birds and mammals.

When am I most likely to be bitten by a mosquito?
You can be bitten at any time. Different kinds of mosquitoes are active at different times of the day. Most mosquitoes are active from just before dusk, through the night until dawn.

Did you know? Some kinds of mosquitoes can fly 1.5 miles per hour!!

How does a mosquito find an animal or human to bite?
Female mosquitoes are attracted to the gas (carbon dioxide) that humans and other animals breathe
out. Mosquitoes can follow a stream of carbon dioxide from as far as 50 feet away. Mosquitoes are
also attracted to substances like lactic acid on your skin, which your body produces in greater amounts
when exercising. Mosquitoes may also be attracted to certain scents or fragrances and are more
attracted to dark colors than light colors.

Why are mosquito bites a concern?
Some mosquitoes carry germs that can make people and some animals sick. Mosquitoes can transmit
germs when they bite. In Massachusetts, the diseases linked to mosquitoes are West Nile virus (WNV)
and eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus.

Do all mosquitoes spread germs to people?
No. In fact, most mosquito bites will only cause itching or skin irritation. However, some species
found in Massachusetts carry viruses that can cause illness.

Where can I get more information?
For information on diseases spread by mosquitoes and how to prevent them: call the MDPH,
Division of Epidemiology and Immunization at 617-983-6800 or visit the MDPH Arbovirus
website at
 For information on mosquito species found in Massachusetts visit the MDPH Arbovirus
website at
 For information on mosquito repellents: review the MDPH Public Health Fact Sheet on
Mosquito Repellents online at If you
can’t go online, call the MDPH at (617) 983-6800 for a hard copy.
 For information on mosquito control: The State Reclamation and Mosquito Control Board
(SRMCB) within the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources oversees mosquito
control in Massachusetts (
The SRMCB can be contacted at 617-626-1723. There are nine established mosquito
control districts in the state that provide service to many cities and towns. Information for each
district can be found at
 For information about mosquito-borne disease and your community: call your local board of
health (listed in the telephone directory under local government).
This document was developed in conjunction with the State Reclamation and Mosquito Control Board
and the Massachusetts Mosquito Control Projects.
Updated February 2018

The Dudley Senior Center is Closed 3/16/20 All Activities Scheduled for March are Postponed until further Notice

Hello Dudley Seniors ,

Governor Charlie Baker has declared a State of Emergency for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Due to the Pandemic Corona Virus Covid-19.

The Dudley Senior Center will be closed as of Monday, March 16-April 5th, 2020, (Hopefully 2 or 3 weeks, but possibly longer).  We are postponing all activities, and special events such as the Memory Cafe and the Polish Day, as well as the Tina Bemis Workshop. This pro-active measure of Social Distancing is meant to keep groups from gathering who could potentially/unknowingly be spreading the Covid-19 Virus to others. 

Please stay at home if possible to reduce exposure to the virus; grocery stores and pharmacies should be your only outing.

Keep at least 6 feet distance between you and others.

Restaurants are offering take out, no dining in,  perhaps someone can deliver meals or food  to you.

Wash hands frequently with soap and water, and disinfect items others may also be using/touching such as door handles and handrails etc.


Tri-Valley has already cancelled their lunch Clubs at all sites, but for now the Meals on Wheels program is still active. If you are housebound and in need of Meals on Wheels, please call Tri-Valley at 508-949-6640.

If you are concerned, have questions and would like to speak to someone in the COA office please call 508-9498015 X3 Please leave your name and number and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. I am also available by email at  I will be checking phone messages and emails on a regular basis. I am in office on Mondays and Fridays 10AM to 3PM. Please feel free to call me, if there’s something I can help with, or even if you’d just like to talk with someone.

We are very sorry to disappoint, but proactively, the Town of Dudley is taking precautions to hopefully prevent or slow the spread of this highly contagious virus, especially to Senior Citizens or Immunocompromised Individuals who may be most vulnerable and at risk for contracting the virus.

If you are experiencing

*Fever 100.4,

*Cough and shortness of breath,

 *Severe symptoms of Pneumonia

Call your healthcare professional if you develop symptoms, have been in close contact with with a person who is known to have Covid-19, or if you have recently travelled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of Covid-19. For more information see   or call 508-765-8191

If you require an ambulance call 911, please be sure to identify if you are experiencing the above symptoms.

Please check in on family, friends and neighbors by phone every day if possible, to let them know how you are doing!