BUCKEYE, AZ (3TV / CBS 5) – Monsoon storms have helped increase mosquito populations across the valley and keep pest control companies like Mosquito Joe on their toes.

“July was a very, very quiet month for us, and that’s because it was 115 degrees and people weren’t outside and getting bitten. It’s not that they weren’t here; it is that you were not outside so that they could feed. As soon as it cooled off with the rain, people noticed they were bitten for being outside trying to enjoy their garden, “explained Denis Logan, Mosquito Joe franchise owner.” People are going outside again that School is back to school, people are on vacation, and now that they are here the mosquitoes are having fun and we’re getting busy. “

Logan says business has been picking up for the past month and a half, and now he makes multiple house calls a day.

“We go to breeding grounds for mosquitoes and then treat them mainly with an all-natural or synthetic or oil-based product,” explained Logan.

Logan says it’s more than just stagnant water, especially when it comes to mosquitoes, which transmit diseases like the West Nile.

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“It’s easy to say, oh stagnant water – tip it, no more mosquitos – and then it’s like no, that’s not the case, and I think that’s what we’re really learning about here,” explained Logan.

There are more than 30 confirmed West Nile cases in Arizona, and two people have died from the virus to date, according to the Arizona Department of Health website.

Health officials say the person who died was an older adult who also had other health problems.

Experts say disease-carrying mosquitoes love to breed in environments created by floods.

“They want to move their species. So if they can be in an area that is imperceptible to other insects and other people, they will choose, ”Logan said. “You will see muddy floods, drainage ditches, these furrows that collect water, these hollows here.”

Logan says mosquitoes also breed in bushes with plenty of shade or flowers.

“They’re looking for food, they’re looking for shade, they’re looking for water,” Logan said.

Logan says neighborhoods with seasonal residents may see more mosquitoes because stagnant water is not maintained on the property. He also says the monsoons certainly increased the mosquito population this year, but urbanization and growth also create a better environment for mosquitoes whether we get a lot of rain or not.

“The West Valley in particular, where it’s still like that combination of farmland that is heavily irrigated and then houses that are built create the perfect ecosystem for mosquitoes to breed,” Logan said.

The mosquito season in Arizona usually runs from March to November.

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