AUSTIN, TX – One of America’s worst mosquito cities is Austin, once again on Orkin’s 2021 pest control company “Top 50 Mosquito Cities” list.
Austin moved up five places from 38th place last year to 33rd place.
According to Orkin, Los Angeles is the worst mosquito city in the United States. The City of Angels put Atlanta, where Orkin is based, in first place after the Georgia capital was number 1 for seven straight years.
Atlanta ranked second in 2021, with Washington, DC, Dallas, and Chicago completing the top 5.
Three cities – Seattle, San Diego and Fresno, California – made the top 50 after not being ranked in 2020.
Mosquitoes usually become active when overnight temperatures are above 68 degrees Fahrenheit and the breeding season can begin as early as May and last through September.
Frank Meek, Technical Services Manager at Rollins, Orkin’s parent company, said in a press release that mosquitoes, like many other insects, need a source of food, favorable temperatures and a suitable breeding ground to survive.
“They are drawn to areas where humans and other animals live because of our body heat and the carbon dioxide we exhale,” Meek said.
Mosquitoes can transmit vector-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and Zika. These can be infected by humans and pets.
Consider reducing or eliminating conditions that attract mosquitoes and wear insect repellant to protect yourself from bites. Some of the things that attract mosquitoes include: