Valley flooding causes mosquito concerns

PHOENIX - Monsoon flooding is leading to renewed concerns about Mosquitos.

The standing water left in parts of the Valley are ideal breeding grounds for the insects.

Johnny Dilone with the Maricopa County Environmental Services Department said the insects haven't increased in numbers yet.

He said if storms continue then the insects may be able to lay more eggs.

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He suggests scanning your home for stagnant water. "Check your pets' dishes...potted plants," Dilone advises.

Valley mother Danielle Zilly brought her daughters in Wednesday after the girls were bitten several times.

Zilly said, "they have a couple bites."

Mosquitos in Maricopa County have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

That's another reason Dilone says it's important to remove any standing water if you can. They want reduce the possibility of the insects breeding more than unusual.

Residents can report increased Mosquito activity by calling the West Nile Virus hotline: (602) 506-0700 or visit the website: www.maricopa.gov/wnv

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