Best Reason To Live In A Bubble

STAFF PICK: Remember the days when you could brag to out-of-towners that Tucson was free of noxious insects? Well, those days are gone. In the last few years, the Old Pueblo has filled to the rafters with Aedes aegypti and other mosquitoes previously unknown 'round these parts, thanks to new sources of standing water (like, say, the CAP canal) and their resistance to old insecticides. And while the Pima County Health Department maintains there's been no identifiable upsurge in the mosquito population, experts in the know predict the problem is going to get much worse. But you don't have to be an expert to know that: Phone-in complaints in August 1996 were up three-fold from August of 1991.

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