Floods lead to mosquitoes in South Mountain area

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- Neighbors cleaning up after the storms at South Mountain are now dealing with a new pain: bug bites.

Brian James had flood water both inside and outside his South Mountain home, and now he has mosquitoes.

"I keep feeling like they're on me," he said. "I've got mosquito bites on my arms and my face, and I didn't realize they were mosquito bites until I thought about it. There was ponding water out here until finally it dried up like yesterday or the day before."

Maricopa County Environmental Services says the recent rains and stagnant water create a ripe breeding ground for mosquitoes.

"We've been noticing many more mosquitoes out there. We've been getting more complaints about mosquitoes," said Johnny Dilone of the Maricopa County Environmental Services.

He says it's a reminder to go around your property and make sure you don't have any standing water.

And these aren't your average mosquitoes either.

"What we're seeing is more of the floodwater mosquitoes, which are the mosquitoes that are out there during the day. They usually fly in large numbers and groups," Dilone said.

The good news is these mosquitoes aren't the disease-carrying kind of bugs, but they will leave a mark.

James says he's making sure his property is dry so hopefully the mosquitoes move on.

"Nobody wants to get bit by mosquitoes," he said.