What bugs come in the summer? Here are common pests in Arizona:

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

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

But if you’re concerned or just don’t like creepy crawlies, here are a few 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 during the summer.

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

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

What is the purpose of mosquitoes? Mosquitoes are annoying, but they do 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 causing itchy bites, mosquitoes spread West Nile and other viruses. Eight in ten people infected with West Nile virus develop no symptoms. Those who do may develop flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, or skin rash.

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