While the majority of the people in America think mosquitoes are just nuisances that bring about itchy red bumps, they are known to transmit serious diseases that include the West Nile virus. On a global scale, they are carriers of deadly diseases such as malaria. As a matter of fact, mosquitoes are considered to be the world’s deadliest creatures by the World Health Organization.

Top Mosquito Cities

That’s why Terminix, in commemoration of World Mosquito Day, has released its top 50 cities most impacted with mosquitoes.

Termix used service data across over 300 branches all over the country to identify the top 50 cities that had high mosquito number services in the last year:

New York, NY

Washington, D.C.

Atlanta, GA

Philadelphia, PA

Los Angeles, CA

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

Houston, TX

Richmond, VA

Corpus Christi, TX

Paducah, KY

Milwaukee, WI

Denver, CO

Memphis, TN

Baltimore, MD

Chicago, IL

Miami, FL

San Francisco

Birmingham, AL

Fort Smith, AR

Montgomery, AL

Baton Rouge, LA

Chattanooga, TN

Honolulu, HI

Boston, MA

Orlando, FL

Nashville, TN

Tampa, FL

San Antonio, TX

Phoenix, AZ

Shreveport, LA

Kansas City, MO

Jackson, MS

Cleveland, OH

Austin, TX

Oklahoma City, OK

Little Rock, AR

Mobile, AL

Indianapolis, IN

Tyler-Longview, TX

Sacramento, CA

Louisville, KY

Jacksonville, FL

Columbus, OH

Tulsa, OK

Austin, TX

Oklahoma City, OK

Little Rock, AR

Mobile, AL

Indianapolis, IN

Detroit, MI

Cincinnati, OH

Fresno, CA

St. Louis, MO

West Palm Beach, FL

San Diego, CA

Mosquitoes’ Impact

Although hiring professionals to treat your mosquito-related issues is highly recommended, homeowners can also minimize the mosquito population in and around their premises with the following steps:

Remove the sources of stagnant water. Mosquitoes generally require still water for them to lay eggs. To reduce potential breeding sites around your place, remove tires filled with water, buckets, plastic covers, or sheeting and containers.

Clean the gutters. Maintaining your gutter system is a must. Your downspouts and gutters can get leaves and other debris build-ups, which can result in water retention.

Change water sources weekly. Often replacing and emptying outdoor water in fountains, pet bowls, rain barrels, birdbaths, and plant containers will assist in breaking up the mosquito breeding cycle.

Replace outdoor lighting. Like many other creatures, mosquitoes are generally attracted to the light. Bug lights are special bulbs that emit different types of light compared to conventional light bulbs. Replacing your outdoor lighting with ‘bug lighting’ can assist in attracting fewer mosquitoes.

Some Mosquito Facts

Mosquitoes are capable of laying up to 100 mosquito eggs in a space the size of a bottle cap.

Within just a few weeks, female mosquitoes are capable of laying up to 3,000 eggs.

Any time the temperature is 50+ degrees Fahrenheit, mosquitoes will be active.

Potential breeding sites are limitless. They can include containers like gutters, soda bottle lids, birdbaths, tire swings, and other sites collecting standing, stagnant water.

Mosquitoes cause welts and also carry pathogens that may result in diseases such as West Nile.

Get in Touch With a Pest Control Experts.

Mosquitoes are quite prolific when it comes to breeding and can make an infestation challenging to deal with DIY methods only. But with services like One-Time Mosquito Service and the new Quick Guard® Mosquito Service available, you can have a trained Terminix technician inspecting your place to deal with mosquito breeding grounds and treat your property to minimize mosquito populations.