According to Orkin's parent company Rollins, mosquito revenue between 2013 and 2014 increased 8.6%. Mosquitos are at their worst during June, July, and August in most regions of the U.S., although the south can experience a mosquito season spanning from April to October due to warm and damp climate conditions.
On top of the aggravating itchiness of a bite, mosquitos can transmit diseases like West Nile Virus and the relatively new chikungunya virus (upgraded to a "nationally notifiable condition" by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 2015), which is transmitted by Asian tiger and yellow fever mosquitos common in the southeast region of the U.S. According to Orkin's ranking, which identified worst cities based on the amount of mosquito services requested in 2014, the southeast region of the U.S. is the worst for pesky pests, making up nine of the top 20.
20 Worst Cities for Mosquitos
- Atlanta, Ga.
- Chicago, Ill.
- Washington, D.C.
- Detroit, Mich.
- Houston, Texas
- Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
- Boston, Mass.
- Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
- Charlotte, N.C.
- Nashville, Tenn.
- Memphis, Tenn.
- Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Mich.
- Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
- Richmond-Petersburg, Va.
- Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
- New York, N.Y.
- Cleveland-Akron, Ohio
- Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C. / Asheville, N.C.
- Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y.
- Knoxville, Tenn.
Orkin recommends the following to prevent fostering an environment for mosquitos and to protect against mosquito bites:
- 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.
- Eliminate standing water inside the home that may attract mosquitoes to spaces like kitchen sinks and pet bowls.
- 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.
- 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.
Orkin's infographic breaks down more facts about mosquitos:
Read more about the health risks mosquitos pose and prevention in Orkin's release >>