Mosquito Activity in Arizona
Like its diverse landscape ranging from desert to mountains, Arizona also has a climate structure with multiple classifications throughout its many regions. A good portion of the state is semi-arid followed by arid and humid climates. Arizona can be scorching hot, the state has a record high temperature of 128 degrees. With sizzling hot temperatures, it might be tempting to think that would deter bugs from living in the area, but in fact the hot and humid temperatures can lead to an increase in the population of mosquitoes in Arizona.
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, “mosquitoes can be active year-round in parts of Arizona.” The department also notes that mosquitoes are the most abundant between March and October.
The reason for the heightened activity can be attributed to seasonal weather patterns, which includes the monsoon season that runs through the summer months beginning in June and on through September. During this time, the state can experience numerous thunderstorms that produce heavy rain and flooding. The excessive water, plus the hot temperatures and humidity are ideal for mosquitoes searching for suitable habitats.
With more than 40 species of mosquitoes residing in Arizona plus the hot, humid, and wet climate it provides, swarms of mosquitoes are a possibility. The two main mosquito types found in Arizona are the flood water mosquitoes and the stagnant water mosquitoes, which are the most problematic according to the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.
Six of the species native to Arizona include:
- Dark ricefield mosquito
- Inland floodwater mosquito
- Malaria mosquito
- Southern house mosquito
- Yellow fever mosquito
- Western encephalitis mosquito
Dealing with Mosquito Swarms
Mosquitoes near your property can turn into larger problems very quickly. Female mosquitoes only need a small amount of water to lay her eggs. Access to standing water from the heavy seasonal rainfall can provide an opportunity for an infestation.
Mosquitos can inflict more than irritation and itchy bites. Mosquitoes in Arizona, specifically, can carry diseases such as Yellow fever, malaria, dengue, and the Zika and West Nile viruses.
Keeping mosquitos away from your home can help protect you and your family. There are a few ways property owners can lessen the problem in the short term.
- Check your property for signs of standing water, whether it is a clutter of items that may retain small pools of water, buckets, any type of container, or old tires.
- For property owners with a swimming pool, decorative water decor such as a contained fishpond, or a bird bath, it is important to maintain them and ensure pumps are working.
- For personal safety, while mosquito swarms are taking place, wearing a bug repellent when going outside may help.
Whether your property is prone to a mosquito infestation, or you are dealing with a mosquito swarm, contact SOS Exterminating to help with the problem.
Professional Mosquito Services
We’re here to help when you need professional services to handle a mosquito problem. Our company has been helping create a safer environment free of pests since 1937.
Our solution to help rid your property of mosquitoes is fast, effective, and safe for humans and pets. We have the exclusive rights to use a new product called Attractive Targeted Sugar Bait (ATSB) that when applied, can affect the mosquito population within 48 hours. In as little as two or three weeks, home and business owners see a significant reduction of over 90 percent in the number of mosquitoes in the treated area.
The ATSB process is nontoxic. The bait relies on a variety of ingredients designed to attract the mosquitoes. Once ingested, the ingredients, specifically the garlic oil, make the mosquitoes nauseous to the point they do not want to bite and feed.
For more information about our mosquito services, just give us a call, email us, or fill out our convenient online form to schedule a free inspection/estimate.