These Are the 10 Worst Cities for Mosquitoes
You’ll want to break out the bug repellant if you’re visiting any of these cities this summer. According to Orkin, these areas had the highest number of mosquito-related service calls last year.
With summer right around the corner, we’re already planning our backyard barbeques and neighborhood pool parties. Warmer weather usually means more time spent outside—until a pesky mosquito ruins the fun. While there is a science behind why some people are bit more than others, your location can play a large part in attracting mosquitos. It turns out, some cities are worse than others when it comes to these irritating insects.Listen to this story on your smart speaker!
A few years ago, Orkin—a worldwide pest control company—published a list of the country’s worst offenders. The brand updates their Top 50 Mosquito Cities list each year and just released the areas they predict will have the highest concentration in 2019. The Mosquito Cities lists are created based on Orkin's data from the previous year; areas that had extremely high numbers of mosquito-related services performed in the previous year will land near the top of the list. The newly-released report uses data compiled between April 1, 2018, and March 31, 2019.
2019 Predictions for High Mosquito Activity
For the sixth year in a row, Atlanta claims the title of ‘Top Mosquito City.’ The rest of the cities in the top ten are all spread throughout the United States; unluckily for us, there's not one specific region to avoid on your big summer road trip.
1. Atlanta, GA
2. New York, NY
3. Washington, D.C.
4. Chicago, IL
5. Houston, TX
6. Dallas-Forth Worth, TX
7. Detroit, MI
8. Philadelphia, PA
9. Charlotte, NC
10. Raleigh-Durham, NC
If you live in or plan to visit one of these areas, make sure you’re prepared to fend off the bugs. In addition to being a nuisance, mosquitoes can carry viruses like West Nile and Zika, so repelling the insects before they bite is key to a safe (and more enjoyable) summer. Have your yard pre-treated before your outdoor events kick off, and make sure you've stocked up on insect repellent.
If you spend a lot of time outdoors, consider investing in an outdoor insect trap like the DynaTrap, $131.95 on Amazon, which uses a combination of UV light and a silent fan to attract and trap mosquitos silently. It can protect up to half an acre and doesn't sue any chemicals or pesticides, so it's kid and family friendly.
If you're looking for more at-home ways to get rid of mosquitoes naturally, there are plenty more chemical-free ways to keep the bugs at bay. Make sure your backyard is equipped with one of these mosquito-repelling hacks, or make your own natural mosquito repellent at home.