Maricopa County 2013 mosquito season likely to be active - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Maricopa County 2013 mosquito season likely to be active

Posted: Updated:
Surprise resident Ashley Blondin. (Source: KPHO-TV) Surprise resident Ashley Blondin. (Source: KPHO-TV)
  • NEWSMore>>

  • LaGrange woman hit by juvenile with cast iron skillet

    LaGrange woman hit with skillet by juvenile

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-07-28 13:15:06 GMT
    The LaGrange Police Department says an 88-year-old woman was struck in the head with a cast iron skillet by a male juvenile. Police say on July 27, at approximately 4:43 a.m., the Patrol Division respondedMore >>
    The LaGrange Police Department says an 88-year-old woman was struck in the head with a cast iron skillet by a male juvenile.More >>
  • Mom shoots at burglar trying to steal her car

    Mom shoots at burglar trying to steal her car

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:28 AM EDT2014-07-28 12:28:43 GMT
    A Columbus woman catches a man trying to steal her car and fires back literally. The car theft gone wrong happened late Friday evening. News Leader Nine's Tyrone McCoy caught up with the victim.More >>
    A Columbus woman catches a man trying to steal her car and fires back literally. The car theft gone wrong happened late Friday evening. News Leader Nine's Tyrone McCoy caught up with the victim.More >>
  • News 9 MD: New technology can help stop seizures

    News 9 MD: New technology can help stop seizures

    Friday, August 1 2014 2:13 AM EDT2014-08-01 06:13:04 GMT
    Epilepsy is a chronic neurological condition that affects more than two-and-a-half million Americans. Uncontrollable seizures plague their lives and the only treatments were drugs and major surgeryMore >>
    Epilepsy is a chronic neurological condition that affects more than two-and-a-half million Americans. Uncontrollable seizures plague their lives and the only treatments were drugs and major surgery... but there are new therapies are on the horizon.More >>
SURPRISE, AZ (CBS5) -

Get ready for an active mosquito season in Maricopa County.

Just last week, the Environmental Services Department reported the county's first mosquito sample to test positive for the West Nile Virus in 2013.

People who live in the Coyote Lakes area of Surprise tell CBS5 News the bugs are already a big problem.

"I try and spend more time outside, while it's cooled off and not too hot," said resident Ashley Blondin.

The problem is that's when mosquitoes are most active.

"I've seen a lot more than I've usually seen out here," Blondin said.

Many of her neighbors also complain about the growing number of mosquitoes and mosquito bites.

"Now that temperatures are increasing, it's warmer out there," said Johnny Dilone, spokesman for Maricopa County's Environmental Services Department. "The environment has been pretty good for mosquitoes to breed."

He said Maricopa County's mosquito season usually doesn't start until May - sometimes April.

"This year is one of those years when March has been a month of a lot of activity," Dilone said.

And, he points out, this is just a preview of what's to come.

"Indication is, due to weather conditions and looking at the traps we've collected so far - we're going to have a busy season," Dilone said.

To keep mosquitoes at bay and "Fight the Bite," the Environmental Services Department advises people to eliminate standing water from around their homes and avoid the outdoors at dawn and dusk - unless you're wearing insect repellant.

One Coyote Lakes resident, who emailed CBS 5's Action Button account, said she filed a complaint with the county Monday morning - to have them come out and investigate.

That's exactly what Environmental Services Department encourages you to do.

Maricopa County residents can call the West Nile General Information Help Line at 602-506-0700.

You can also file a complaint online.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.