Whether you’re playing in the woods, working at home, or sitting in your yard, there’s a whole slew of summer-loving bugs you’re likely to encounter in Arizona.

Many of these insects are brought in greater numbers by monsoon weather. Some are a nuisance; others are just plain icky. But you don’t have to worry – most of them are harmless to people and pets. The majority are even good for the environment.

But if you’re concerned or just don’t like creepy crawlies, here are some precautions you can take to keep them out of your living spaces, along with fun facts about common insects in metro Phoenix and across the state in the summer.

Mosquitoes in Arizona:Why are there so many? What diseases do they carry?


Scientists hope that by finding the source of the West Nile virus, they can spur efforts to stop the spread of vector mosquitoes.

What is the purpose of mosquitoes? Mosquitoes are annoying, but they play a role in the ecosystem. They are natural pollinators, and they are part of the food chain. They are eaten by aquatic insects and fish in their larval stage and by bats and birds in their adult stage.

Can mosquitoes hurt you? In addition to inflicting itchy bites, mosquitoes spread West Nile and other viruses. Eight out of 10 people infected with West Nile virus develop no symptoms. Those who do may experience flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea or rash.

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