Man suspects standing water in Glendale park caused granddaughter's mosquito bites

Posted at 4:35 PM, Jul 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-20 21:40:17-04

A stroll around a Glendale park near 51st and Glendale avenues is not as relaxing as it might sound.

Bill Honeycutt and his granddaughter, Kyndahl, are worried about what's in the standing water.

"That's a real problem. A real health problem for the area," Honeycutt said.

The lush green grass is flooded with water, which is a very common practice around the Valley. Honeycutt said the water at Delicias Park just seems to sit.

"Once they flood, it's not, like, just a day," Honeycutt said. "It actually sits for days."

Honeycutt said his granddaughter's arm was covered in mosquito bites a couple of weeks ago and he thinks the water is to blame.

"They felt itchy and they were only on the side of my arm," Kyndahl said about her mosquito bites. "They were just like little circles, and some of them were, like, two little ones connected.”

Maricopa County Vector Control has mapping data on their website. The area where the park is located is in 85301. According to data provided by vector control, the area has been fogged three times for mosquito activity.

Vector control said that within the last month, mosquito traps nearby haven’t shown much activity.

A spokesperson said it takes at least five days for mosquitoes to spawn in water, and irrigation water can stand for up to three days before vector control gets worried.

Vector control recommends calling the complaint hotline at 602-506-6616 to report mosquito concerns and encourages people to visit their website.