Is your zip code buzzing with mosquitoes?

2018 has already been ranked the fifth-wettest monsoon season in the last 20 years. All that rain is bringing more mosquitoes.

Every year, Maricopa County Environmental Services Department monitors mosquito populations around the Valley.

[RESOURCE: Maricopa County's mosquito Management Map]

This year, their traps are catching more in certain parts of town.

Right now, they're finding a lot of floodwater mosquitoes.

"So the good thing is that those mosquitoes are not known to carry any disease, but they're obviously a nuisance," said Johnny Diloné with the Maricopa County Environmental Services Department.

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The insect needs stagnant pools of water to breed. The last few weeks of monsoon storms have created the perfect environment.

"We have had a lot of accumulation of water throughout the Valley and obviously the outlying areas, the farm areas, those have been inundated with mosquitoes," said Diloné.

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That's bad news for the East Valley, where rainfall has been especially heavy.

Mosquito populations are exploding in Gilbert. County crews have been out fogging areas regularly.

"Fogging operations have increased recently and just Monday we had 14 areas that we had to spray in one night," said Diloné.

Many recent treatments have taken place in the 85298, 85297, and 85296 zip codes.

[MAP: Where are the most mosquito treatments taking place?]

And if you live south of Warner Road, between Recker and Power, stock up on the bug spray because the County says your neighborhood has the biggest problem with mosquitoes.

The County has sprayed for mosquitoes there nine times already this year. That's more than any other neighborhood in the Valley.

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And the monsoon season isn't over yet. There are still five weeks left. More rain would mean even more mosquitoes.

"So there's still more to come depending on how the weather behaves from now on," said Diloné.

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You can help keep mosquito populations down, too. Go out in your backyard and dump out any containers that might be holding stagnant water. It only takes a bottle capful for mosquitoes to breed in.

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