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Fight the mosquito bite this summer

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Summer is here and so is mosquito season. With the launch of its new Fight the Bite campaign, Maricopa County is providing information on steps people can take to reduce mosquito populations and protect themselves from mosquito bites at

Mosquito bites are more than an irritation – they can cause serious illnesses that sometimes turn fatal. West Nile virus is a disease caused by a virus that is transmitted through mosquito bites. Although many people have no symptoms, others can become seriously ill and even die from the virus. In 2021, a new Maricopa County record was set for cases in a single year with nearly 1,500 cases identified. This is more than four times the previous record, which was just over 350 cases in 2004.

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The new website recommends four Rs for fighting the bite:

1.REPEL mosquitoes using an EPA-registered insect repellent that contains one of the following ingredients:

  • DEET
  • Picaridin
  • Lemon Eucalyptus Oil (OLE) (3+ years only)
  • IR3535
  • Para-menthane-diol (PMD) (3 years and older only)
  • 2-undecanone

2. REMOVE standing water in your home and yard. Mosquitoes need water to breed, so be sure to spill and discard even small amounts of water from places such as flower pots, birdbaths, leaky pipes or drains. pipes.

3. REPAIR or replace damaged window and door screens to keep pests out.

4. RECALL your family, friends and neighbors about mosquito safety, especially when mosquitoes are most active from dusk to dawn.

The Maricopa County Department of Environmental Services conducts mosquito monitoring and mitigation throughout the year, deploying more than 800 routine mosquito traps each week and testing for disease. The Fight the Bite website has links to a map that details trap locations and treatment dates.

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The site also provides information from Maricopa County Public Health on mosquito-related health issues, including West Nile virus and other illnesses. The site also includes a handy checklist to help residents do their part in mosquito control.

For more information on how to take action or report a mosquito complaint, you can call (602) 506-0700 or visit

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