Concerned with Mosquitos? -

Concerned with Mosquitos?

Jamey Nikole Shell-Klein
Concerned with Mosquitos?

Pinal County does not spray for nuisance mosquitoes.  They spray when there are pools of the particular mosquito that carry the West Nile virus and those mosquitoes test positive as carriers of the virus.  To date, their public health program has been focused on examining the sources of the breeding mosquitoes and eliminating places for them to breed.  Property owners, HOAs and commercial businesses should take every precaution to eliminate pools of stagnant water where mosquitoes will breed.  The county is doing a lot of testing and trapping activity in and around San Tan Valley.

Residents concerned about nuisance mosquitoes could contact their HOA to see if the association will hire a pest control company to spray the community for the nuisance/pest mosquitoes.  The best way to not get West Nile is to use mosquito repellant if you are going to be outside between dusk and dawn. Here are some additional ways to "Fight the Bite" by taking proactive steps to avoid mosquitoes and the diseases they may carry:

  • Avoid outside activity between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • If you must be outdoors when mosquitoes are active, wear lightweight clothing that covers your arms and legs and use a mosquito repellent containing an EPA registered active ingredient such as DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, PMD or IR 3535. Always follow the directions on the label.
  • Make sure doors and windows have tight fitting screens and remain closed. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes in them.
  • Eliminate mosquito-breeding sites around the home by removing standing water in potted plants, tires, bird baths and other containers where water may collect.
  • Ensure that swimming pools and decorative water features are properly maintained.
  • Change water in flowerpots, birdbaths and pet watering bowls located outdoors at least twice per week.

The distinction between nuisance mosquitoes and the variety that carries West Nile is interesting.  The most aggressive biters are the nuisance types, which do not carry West Nile.  That said, all mosquitoes will bite so the best prevention is avoiding bites entirely.