Preventing Illness and Promoting Wellness for Communities in Eastern Connecticut

  • Andover
  • Ashford
  • Bolton
  • Chaplin
  • Columbia
  • Coventry
  • Mansfield
  • Scotland
  • Tolland
  • Willington

Mosquito and Tick-Borne Diseases

Mosquitoes can transmit numerous diseases, of particular concern in Northeastern Connecticut are:

Eastern Equine Encephalitis  and West Nile Virus

For information on how to protect yourself from mosquito bites from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, click here

For information from the State of Connecticut Mosquito Management Program on Protection Against Mosquitoes Using Repellents*, click here.

Ticks transmit several diseases of concern in our area.

The CDC has many resources regarding tick-borne diseases and prevention on their website: Tick-borne Diseases

Additional information about ticks, the diseases they transmit,and how to minimize your risk can be found at the links below:

Lyme Disease

Information On Other Tick Borne Diseases (from the Lyme Disease Association)

For information from the CT Agricultural Experiment Station on Ticks, click here.


* Using repellents and pesticides, while proven effective, is a personal decision.


Lyme Disease:

Lyme disease was initially identified in Lyme, Connecticut. Caused by bacteria and spread by deer ticks to humans, it can present as a myriad of ailments including an arthritic-type disease. Although if detected early, antibiotics are effective in treating Lyme disease, Connecticut consistently has the highest incidence rate of any state in the nation.

If you or (your child) have been bitten by a deer tick, an engorged tick can be submitted to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station for testing at no charge. Please be aware that they will primarily be testing ‘engorged’ ticks, and results often take up to four weeks to receive. To submit an engorged tick for testing, please use the instructions found on this EHHD Tick Testing Submission form.    

Other options for testing:

  • UCONN Pathology Testing Labs in Mansfield at 860 486-0808 OR 860 486-3738

Please contact them directly for their fee schedule and turn-around time for tick testing and results.

Learn more about Lyme and other tick borne diseases, and how to protect yourself from the ticks that spread the disease: