LIST: The 20 worst cities for mosquitoes

It's that time of year again. Yes, the mosquitoes are back-- and they just LOVE the District, according to a list from the pest control company Orkin. 

Washington, D.C. came in third on its Top 20 Mosquito Cities List:


1. Atlanta 

2. Chicago 

3. Washington 

4. Detroit 

5. Houston 

6. Raleigh – Durham, N.C. 

7. Boston 

8. Dallas – Fort Worth

9. Charlotte, N.C.

10. Nashville, Tenn.

11. Memphis, Tenn.

12. Grand Rapids – Kalamazoo – Battle Creek, Mich.

13. Miami – Fort Lauderdale

14. Richmond – Petersburg, Va.

15. Minneapolis – St. Paul

16. New York

17. Cleveland – Akron

18. Greenville – Spartanburg, S.C., Asheville, N.C.

19. Albany – Schenectady – Troy, N.Y.

20. Knoxville, Tenn.

Orkin says the list is based on the number of mosquito customers serviced in 2014. 

June, July and August are prime time for mosquitoes, but the season can extend from April to October due to warmer temperatures in the southern part of the United States. 

PROTECT AGAINST MOSQUITO BITES

  • Apply an EPA-registered insect repellent before heading outside. 
  • Wear long sleeves and pants outside from dawn to dusk, which is prime time for most mosquito activity. 
  • Empty any standing water from bird baths, flower planters as well as toys and playground equipment outside the home to help prevent water from collecting. Mosquitoes only need a small amount of water – just a few inches – to breed. 
  • Clean gutters and downspouts regularly or cover them with mesh to help prevent leaves and debris from collecting and holding water.
  • Make sure screens around the home, both on windows and doors, fit tightly and have no holes to help keep mosquitoes from making their way into the house. 
  • Eliminate standing water inside the home that may attract mosquitoes to spaces like kitchen sinks and pet bowls.

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