Through the years Maricopa County Environmental Services Department has developed and implemented a surveillance program where we monitor hundreds of routine sites - areas that have been identified as problem areas or mosquito-breeding sites. We deploy over 800 mosquito traps to these areas every week. In addition, we also set-up traps in other areas based on mosquito complaints we receive. This proactive approach allows us to monitor mosquitoes and mosquito activity county wide, which helps minimize the risks of mosquito-borne diseases in our communities.
Mosquitoes in Maricopa County
Mosquitoes have a serious impact on the health, comfort, and economic welfare of people. Some species transmit diseases to man and animals.
In Maricopa County, there is particular concern with mosquito-borne encephalitis (sleeping sickness). Large numbers of mosquitoes interfere with outdoor work and recreation, cause livestock to lose weight, and lower property values.
Responsibility for Mosquito Control
Everyone is responsible for eliminating and preventing mosquito breeding on their property.