Cities With the Most Mosquitoes

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Look out for the skeeters in Atlanta And don’t think those pesky critters are only in the deep South. Following on the heels of Atlanta for having the most mosquitoes in the U.S. are Washington, DC and Chicago, according to the annual list produced by Orkin. The U.S. cities with the most mosquitoes in 2017:

  1. Atlanta, Georgia
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Chicago, Illinois
  4. New York City, New York
  5. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
  6. Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
  7. Houston, Texas
  8. Detroit, Michigan
  9. Charlotte, North Carolina
  10. Nashville, Tennessee
  11. Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida
  12. Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Florida
  13. Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, Virginia
  14. Memphis, Tennessee
  15. Mobile-Pensacola, Florida
  16. West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce, Florida
  17. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
  18. Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Michigan
  19. Boston, Massachusetts
  20. Phoenix, Arizona

Orkin offers these tips to help you make your yard and home less mosquito-friendly:

  • Remove standing water buckets, toys and other containers, as mosquitoes can breed in just an inch of standing water.
  • Change water weekly in bird baths, fountains, potted plants and any containers that hold standing water.
  • Keep pool water treated and circulating.
  • Regularly clean gutters so water doesn’t pool.
  • Trim shrubbery, as adult mosquitoes like to rest in dark areas with high humidity, such as under the leaves of lush vegetation.
  • Repair and use window and door screens to help prevent entry.
  • Close gaps around windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside.

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