This Is the Most Mosquito-Infested City in America

Hint: It's on the East Coast.

It’s not summertime if you aren’t spritzing mosquito repellant when stepping outside, especially at night. In addition to annoying itching, mosquito bites can transfer viruses and diseases. Some cities have to deal with this issue year-round and not just during the summer months. The place with the most serious infestation? Atlanta, Georgia.

This southern city tops the list of the most mosquito-infested towns, according to Orkin. The brand looked at how many mosquito customers Orkin served in metro areas between April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020. For the seventh year in a row, Atlanta tops the list. Other top cities include New York, New York; Washington, D.C; Chicago, Illinois; Los Angeles, California; and Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. If you live in one of these places and are always dealing with mosquito bites, make sure you know these 12 home remedies for bug bites.

“Mosquitoes are one of the world’s greatest public health threats,” Frank Meek, Technical Services Manager, Rollins, Inc., Orkin’s parent company, writes in a press release. “While we typically think less about that in the United States, the current pandemic may cause heightened concern over disease transmission.” Yes, there is a scientific reason why some people get bitten more than others.

All of these cities also appear on the list of places with the most mosquitos from Terminix. The brand looked at the data from their 300 plus branches to find the top 25 U.S. cities that harbor the most mosquitos. Los Angeles had the highest number of mosquito services from the extermination brand last year. Atlanta, Georgia is in the sixth spot. Here are 15 sneaky things to watch out for if you think you’re being infested.

Mosquitos are active anytime the temperature is above 50 degrees—so even more northern cities aren’t safe from these flighty pests. To keep mosquitos at bay and avoid bites altogether, Terminix recommends a few fixes. First, make sure you remove any standing water since this is where mosquitos like to lay their eggs. Remove any buckets, containers, or covers that have pools of water from your home or yard. Also, make sure your gutters are clear so that water doesn’t pool their, either. Like many other bugs, light attracts mosquitos so investing in special light bulbs could be a good move too. Next, read through this guide on how to spot bed bugs when traveling.

Emily DiNuzzo
Emily DiNuzzo is an assistant staff writer at Reader's Digest who previously wrote for INSIDER, the Food Network, POPSUGAR, Well + Good, Westchester Magazine, and more. There's also a 90 percent chance Emily is drinking tea right now, but when she's not writing away about food and health with a cuppa by her side, you can find her lifting heavy things at the gym, listening to murder mystery podcasts, and liking one too many astrology memes.