Mosquitoes have a serious impact on the health, comfort, and economic welfare of people. Some mosquito species transmit diseases to people and animals. Not only can mosquitoes interfere with outdoor work and recreation they also can make people very sick. Mosquitoes in southern Arizona can spread diseases such as West Nile virus, Dengue and Chikungunya.
Currently, six cases of travel related Zika virus have been reported in Arizona. One of these cases was identified in Pima County. The virus has been identified in people from the U.S. who traveled to areas where the virus was circulating. The type of mosquito that could spread Zika virus is present in Arizona.
Preventing mosquito bites both in Arizona and when traveling is the best way to prevent Zika. Pregnant women should consider postponing travel to areas where Zika is circulating.
Concerns or complaints about mosquitoes, call: (520) 724-7908
Regardless of the hot and normally dry temperatures, mosquitoes are active day and night throughout the year. The best way to protect yourself and your family is to take measures to prevent mosquito bites.
Here are some preventive steps that you can easily take:
- Keep mosquitoes off of your body. Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. If you are not wearing long-sleeved pants and shirts, use insect repellent on exposed skin.
- Keep mosquitoes out of your yard. Walk through your yard and check for areas that collect water. Standing water is the ideal place for mosquitoes to breed, so change outdoor pet water daily and replace with fresh water and make sure things like plant containers, tires, or other items are not collecting water.
- Keep mosquitoes out of your house. If you want the fresh air in the evening, feel free to open your windows, but check your window screens for holes and repair immediately. Do not leave doors open if you do not have a screen door to act as a mosquito barrier.
Other good reminders:
- Use mosquito repellents that contain DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
- Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets, and move air conditioner drain hoses frequently.
- Report mosquito breeding problems (e.g. green pools) to (520) 243-7999 (or filling out the feedback form to the right).