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Fort Lauderdale Makes List Of Top Mosquito Cities, But Our Neighbors up North Have it Way Worse

mosquito cities Summer’s right around the corner, and as any Floridian knows, that means mosquito season is approaching. But as you’re incessantly spraying bug repellent at your next barbecue, take solace in the fact that it could be worse.

Atlanta is No. 1 on Orkin’s list of top mosquito cities, meaning the Georgia metropolis had the highest number of mosquito-related service requests with the pest control company last year. Next on the list is Chicago, followed by Washington and Detroit.

Perhaps surprisingly, South Florida isn’t even in the top 10. In fact, Miami-Fort Lauderdale is listed as No. 13, after other southeastern cities like Memphis, Tennessee, and Charlotte, North Carolina. Boston’s even listed at No. 7. What’s more, no other city in the Sunshine State made the cut.

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Still, that doesn’t mean mosquito safety should be taken lightly. After all, the insects can transmit a number of diseases, including West Nile virus. The Florida Department of Heath offers a number of suggestions for keeping mosquitoes away. Among them are covering up exposed skin and draining standing water near your home to prevent the insects from reproducing. 

The top 20 mosquito cities, according to Orkin: 

  1. Atlanta
  2. Chicago
  3. Washington
  4. Detroit 
  5. Houston  
  6. Raleigh – Durham, North Carolina 
  7. Boston   
  8. Dallas-Fort Worth 
  9. Charlotte, North Carolina
  10. Nashville, Tennessee
  11. Memphis, Tennessee
  12. Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Michigan
  13. Miami-Fort Lauderdale
  14. Richmond-Petersburg, Virginia
  15. Minneapolis-St. Paul
  16. New York
  17. Cleveland-Akron
  18. Greenville – Spartanburg, South Carolina, Asheville, North Carolina
  19. Albany – Schenectady – Troy, New York
  20. Knoxville, Tennessee