Top 50 Mosquito Cities in U.S. | Terminix

While many in the United States think of mosquitoes as little more than nusiances that cause itchy red bumps, they can transmit serious diseases—including West Nile virus—and globally, they are vectors for deadly illnesses including malaria. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, mosquitoes are the world’s deadliest animal.

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That’s why, in recognition of World Mosquito Day, Terminix has released its list of the top 50 cities impacted by mosquitoes.

Where Are Mosquitoes Common?

By using service data across 300+ branches nationwide, Terminix identified 50 cities where residents had the highest number of mosquito services last year*:

  1.   Los Angeles, CA
  2.   Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
  3.   Houston, TX
  4.   New York, NY
  5.   Washington, D.C.
  6.   Atlanta, GA
  7.   Philadelphia, PA
  8.   Memphis, TN
  9.   Baltimore, MD
  10.   Chicago, IL
  11.   Miami, FL
  12.   San Francisco
  13.   Boston, MA
  14.   Orlando, FL
  15.   Nashville, TN
  16.   Tampa, FL
  17.   San Antonio, TX
  18.   Phoenix, AZ
  19.   Austin, TX
  20.   Oklahoma City, OK
  21.   Little Rock, AR
  22.   Mobile, AL
  23.   Indianapolis, IN
  24.   Detroit, MI
  25.   Cincinnati, OH
  26.   Fresno, CA
  27.   St. Louis, MO
  28.   West Palm Beach, FL
  29.   San Diego, CA
  30.   Sacramento, CA
  31.   Louisville, KY
  32.   Jacksonville, FL
  33.   Columbus, OH
  34.   Tulsa, OK
  35.   Shreveport, LA
  36.   Kansas City, MO
  37.   Jackson, MS
  38.   Cleveland, OH
  39.   Tyler-Longview, TX
  40.   Birmingham, AL
  41.   Fort Smith, AR
  42.   Montgomery, AL
  43.   Baton Rouge, LA
  44.   Chattanooga, TN
  45.   Honolulu, HI
  46.   Richmond, VA
  47.   Corpus Christi, TX
  48.   Paducah, KY
  49.   Milwaukee, WI
  50.   Denver, CO

Mosquitoes’ Impact

While working with a professional to treat mosquito problems is recommended, homeowners can help reduce mosquito populations around their homes with the following steps:

Remove sources of standing water. Most mosquitoes need standing water in order to lay their eggs. Removing open containers, buckets, plastic sheeting or covers, and tires filled with water can help reduce the breeding sites in your yard.

Clean the gutters. It’s also important to maintain your gutter system. Leaves and other debris can build up in your gutters and downspouts, leading to water retention.

Change water sources weekly. Emptying or replacing the water in outdoor pet bowls, fountains, birdbaths, rain barrels and plant containers often will help break the mosquito breeding cycle.

Replace outdoor lighting. Mosquitoes, like many insects, can be attracted to light. Special bulbs called “bug lights” emit a different type of light than typical light bulbs. Replacing outdoor lighting with these “bug lights” can help attract fewer mosquitoes.

Mosquito Facts

  • Mosquitoes can lay an average of 100 mosquito eggs in a container the size of a bottle cap.
  • Female mosquitoes can lay up to 3,000 eggs within a couple of weeks.
  • Mosquitoes can be active anytime the temperature is above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Breeding sites can be anywhere, including containers such as soda bottle lids, gutters, tire swings, bird baths and other locations that collect standing, stagnant water.
  • Not only can mosquitoes cause welts, but they can carry pathogens that may cause disease like West Nile.

Contact a Mosquito Control Professional

Mosquitoes are prolific breeders, making an infestation hard to handle with DIY methods alone. With services such as the new Quick Guard® Mosquito Service and One-Time Mosquito Service available, a trained Terminix technician can inspect your property to address mosquito breeding sites and then treat your yard to reduce mosquito populations.

 

 

 

*This ranking was created by compiling mosquito-specific data of services rendered at more than 300 Terminix branches across the country. The rankings represent Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) with the highest number of actual services between July 1, 2017 and July 1, 2018.

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