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Monday, August 7, 2017


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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