Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance, but they are also dangerous because they both carry and transmit diseases.
June, July and August are prime months for mosquitoes in most areas of the U.S. but in southern parts of the country, the season can extend from April to October.
The Zika Virus is making its way through Latin America and the Caribbean. “The World Health Organization estimates there could be up to 4 million cases of Zika in the Americas in the next year, according to a recent report.
The Dallas Morning News reported that, “the virus has been linked to nerve damage in adults and to brain, skull and eye deformities in babies. Zika is the first mosquito-borne disease known to cross the placenta and cause birth defects in humans.”
Take precaution – most mosquitoes need hot and humid conditions to proliferate, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t encountered in dry environments as well. It’s important to educate yourself on how to prevent mosquitoes from swarming and biting you – wear long sleeves and long pants, always empty containers filled with water and use DEET as an insect repellent.
Orkin Pest Control has locations all over the country. With the help of their 2015 Top Mosquito Cities report, I have compiled a list of the worst cities for mosquitoes. The rankings are based on the number of customers who bought mosquito control services from Orkin.