Rhode Island’s Department of Environmental Management is encouraging residents to protect themselves during mosquito season.
The Department of Environmental Management says that the test results from all 180 mosquito pools from 33 traps set statewide during the week of July 8th are negative for both West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
So far this year, no mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus or EEE in Rhode Island.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is once again urging summer campers not to move firewood from outside the state. That’s to keep from spreading a couple of tree-killing invasive insects, which, so far, haven’t shown up in Rhode Island. But this year, they’re closer than ever.
The state Department of Environmental Management says a baby raccoon found in Coventry has tested positive for rabies. The animal was found May 29th in a rural area.
A family brought it into their home where it had contact with several adults and one child. Nine Rhode Islanders and two individuals from Connecticut who had known contact with the animal are now being treated for rabies exposure.
The state Department of Environmental Management will distribute mosquito larvicide to Rhode Island communities starting Tuesday. Cities and towns use the product to kill mosquitos in catch basins, where they most commonly breed.
A contentious recycling facility in East Providence will close. The Department of Environmental Management will use bond money to pay the property owner to remove all construction and demolition debris from the site.