Green Pools & Controlling Mosquito Breeding
Back yard pools are regular household amenities in our Valley neighborhoods. But these days, green pools are more common than they should be. As a resident or property owner with a pool, you are not only responsible for the safety of your family members and neighbors around water, but you are also responsible for maintaining your pool in a clean and healthy condition.
- Among other standing/stagnant water sources, green pools can be potential backyard mosquito breeding sites.
- It only takes 3-4 days for a mosquito to transform from larvae to a "biting" adult.
- A single bad pool can breed from 10,000 to 100,000 mosquitoes each day if not attended to.
- You are responsible for preventing mosquito breeding on your property.
While the City of Scottsdale does not have the ability to treat a pool suspected of breeding mosquitoes, we do report potential green pool conditions to Maricopa County Environmental Services. The city however, can issue a resident a notice of violation (Article II, Section 18-5) for public nuisance.
- Report a stagnant water problem to the city (green pools/private property standing water)
- Maricopa County Mosquito Complaint Form
To keep you, your family and your neighbors safe and healthy, please properly treat and maintain your pool and any other water sources that may exist on your property such as:
You can help fight mosquitoes by eliminating their breeding grounds and protecting yourself and your family from the spread of diseases like the West Nile Virus.
- Contact a pool cleaning specialist or home improvement store to learn how to properly treat your swimming pool
- Eliminate all pools of standing/stagnant water
- Clear debris from curbs and roadside ditches
- Dress properly (long pants and long sleeved shirts - particularly at night when outside)
- Install yellow light bulbs in outdoor lamps
- Limit outdoor activity at nightfall (dusk and nighttime is when mosquitoes are most active)
- Repair window screens
- Use insecticides sparingly and carefully
- Wear insect repellents containing DEET