"Fight the Bite"

Tucson Water is a partner in local “Fight the Bite” efforts to protect residents from the West Nile virus and the Zika virus. Both can be transmitted to humans through bites of infected mosquitoes. The best way to avoid contracting a virus is to prevent mosquitoes from breeding and biting. To avoid being bitten while at the Wetlands:

  • Limit time outdoors from dusk until dawn. Mosquitoes are most active during these times. Wear long sleeve shirts and pants when possible.
  • Use protection. Use mosquito repellents that contain DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.

In addition to the Mosquito Abatement Program at Sweetwater Wetlands, monthly monitoring of adult mosquito populations takes place at Tucson Water's CAVSARP and SAVSARP facilities in Avra Valley.

Additional resources:

Pima County Health Department web page on Mosquitoes exiting Tucson Water website
Pima County Health Department Mosquito Study Map exiting Tucson Water website
Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) web page on Mosquito-Borne Diseases exiting Tucson Water website
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) web page on West Nile Virus exiting Tucson Water website
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) web page on Zika Virus exiting Tucson Water website
UA Researcher Kacey Ernst Maps Potential Risk Areas for Zika exiting Tucson Water website (UA News, May 26)
Pima County testing mosquitoes for West Nile and Dengue exiting Tucson Water website (KOLD 13, May 19)