More rain in the Valley means more chances for mosquitoes. It takes three days for mosquitoes to breed, but the public is urged to take steps to squash the little critters before they start.
Valley and state officials say the No. 1 step people can take this weekend is to go outdoors and look around for standing water: in pet bowls, on bird feeders, around hoses, in flower pots and on kids' toys.
"Mosquitoes can breed in a tiny little area of standing water. We don't want people to take it for granted the water will burn off," said Julie Frasco, spokeswoman for the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.
The county's Department of Environmental Services already had neighborhood fogging planned for parts of Gilbert today. Fogging took place last week in parts of Scottsdale, Tempe and Queen Creek. Several communities, including Gilbert, oversee mosquito control in their own parks.
From April to October, Gilbert's parks and recharge basins are sprayed on Mondays and Thursdays, town spokesman Garin Groff said. "Since they spray twice a week, there is no need to do additional spraying," after a large storm, he said.
"The monsoon season has kicked into full gear, so the risk for West Nile virus has increased," state health director Susan Gerard said in a news release. "With the amount of standing water in our communities due to the recent heavy rains, Arizona's residents must take precautions to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites."
West Nile virus already has been detected in eight counties, the report states.