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Valley residents report uptick in mosquitos during wettest month of October on record

Posted at 8:26 PM, Oct 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-22 15:09:57-04

If you've become exceptionally bugged by mosquitos lately, you're not alone.

The wettest October in Phoenix's history is bad news if you hate those biting bugs. Standing water creates a perfect environment for mosquitos and several people told ABC15 they've noticed an uptick in the annoyance.

"I take my kids for a walk and they just continue to bite us," said Jared Posey, who lives near 48th Street and Chandler Boulevard. "We come home, we have bumps all over our arms, our legs."

Posey lives in a neighborhood that is set to see mosquito fogging early Monday morning.

"I don't remember mosquitos being this bad in October, ever," Posey said.  

He isn't alone. 

"It's hard to sit outside," another woman told ABC15. 

Earlier this week, the Maricopa County Environmental Services Department talked about the problem with KTAR, which is a news partner with ABC15.

According to statistics from the Maricopa County Environmental Services Department, 123 mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile Virus this year.

You can find tips here on how to prevent mosquitos from breeding.