Residents say mosquitoes still an issue after monsoon storms

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- The effects of last week's monsoon storm are still being felt across the Valley, and one neighborhood is buzzing about a mosquito problem.

People who live near Union Hills Dr. and 36th Street said they can’t be outside for more than a minute without getting bit.

"It's really bad," said resident Cheryl Miller.

The county has been setting up mosquito traps to see how many mosquitoes and what kind are in each area.

County officials said they've been getting hundreds of complaints about mosquitoes and need to make sure they fog the problem areas.

"Yesterday we had over 500 complaints that came in, and we were having trouble just getting them assigned to everybody,” said John Townsend, Maricopa County Vector Control division manager.

They've been breeding in standing water after recent Valley storms.

"They have to have at least three to five days of standing water to go from an egg to an adult,” said Townsend.

The county has been fogging to help control the number of mosquitoes, but they still catch thousands in just one night.

"It's been the worst that I've ever seen," said Miller.

"I think they've gotten worse since we've had all the rain," said Nancy Short, who lives in the neighborhood.

They're worried about the number of mosquitoes that will breed after the next storm.

"There are a lot of low-lying areas, so every time we get a big rain, there are water puddles there, and it sits there and it doesn't go away," said Tim Parish, who lives in the area.

The county said crews will continue to fog and check mosquitoes for West Nile Virus.

They said they are doing their best to keep up with the mosquitoes that continue to breed in standing water.

The county said if you see standing water in your neighborhood, make sure to dump it out to help control the number of mosquitoes.

If you need to file a complaint about mosquitoes call:
(602) 506-6616

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