The storms recently witnessed in Arizona has created a pest infestation that is unlikely for our region.
The storms — including one that began Wednesday — have established a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Maricopa County environmental officials say they have received more than 10,000 mosquito-related complaints so far this year. County Environmental Services Department spokesman Johnny Dilone said that is nearly double the number of calls from the same period in 2013.
All mosquitoes must have water to complete their life cycle. Stagnant water left from monsoon rains can increase mosquito activity. Rain and irrigation water can produce hundreds of thousands of mosquitoes if larva are allowed to stand as little as three days. In areas where ponding cannot be prevented, the water can be treated within 24 to 48 hours to kill the developing mosquitoes before the biting adults can start emerging.
Here are a few tips from Maricopa County’s Vector Control program on what you can do to eliminate mosquito breeding.
Drain animal watering troughs, bird baths, pet watering dishes, etc. weekly.
Repair water leaks, sprinkler systems or coolers that cause water to pond.
Remove vegetation and floating debris in and around ponds and stagnant swimming pools to limit breeding potential.
Fill in low spots, control the irrigation in your yard or pastures, and drain standing water from buckets and other containers that can collect water on your property.
If further assistance is needed call Bug Guardian today!