Mosquito numbers on the rise in Texas

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The Orkin company released their Top 50 Mosquitoes Cities List for 2018, and the Texas region took some spots on the list.

Waco-Temple-Bryan moved up 15 spots, from #56 to #41. Dallas jumped four spots from last year, and is now ranked #2.

The list below ranks the metro areas (DMA) where Orkin conducted the most mosquito treatments over the past year:

1.     Atlanta

2.     Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas (+4)         

3.     New York (+1)

4.     Washington, D.C. (-2)

5.     Chicago (-2)

6.     St. Louis, Mo. (+20)

7.     Houston

8.     Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (-3) 

9.     Kansas City, Mo. (+15)

10.  Charlotte, N.C. (-1)

11.  Detroit (-3)  

12.  Memphis, Tenn. (+2)

13.  Nashville, Tenn. (-3)

14.  Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla. (-3)

15.  Raleigh-Durham, N.C. (+2) 

16.  Los Angeles (+13)

17.  Philadelphia (+4)

18.  Birmingham, Ala. (+18)

19.  Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Fla. (-7)

20.  Austin, Texas (+17)

21.  Mobile-Pensacola, Fla. (-6)

22.  Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Mich. (-4)

23.  Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, Va. (-10)

24.  Indianapolis, Ind. (+11)

25.  Phoenix, Ariz. (-5)

26.  Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y. (+8)

27.  Lafayette, La. (+5)

28.  Baton Rouge, La. (+12)

29.  New Orleans, La. (-2)

30.  Richmond-Petersburg, Va. (-7)

31.  Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C., Asheville, N.C (-9)

32.  Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. (-2)

33.  Boston (-14)

34.  Wichita-Hutchinson, Ka. (+40)

35.  Tulsa, Okla. (+14)

36.  Hartford-New Haven, Conn. (-5)

37.  San Antonio, Texas (+2)

38.  Springfield, Mo. (+79)

39.  Abilene-Sweetwater, Texas (+18)

40.  Oklahoma City (+48)

41.  Waco-Temple-Bryan, Texas (+15)

42.  Baltimore, Md. (-14)

43.  Huntsville-Decatur, Ala. (+10)

44.  Shreveport, La. (-2)

45.  Portland-Auburn, Maine (+17)

46.  Knoxville, Tenn. (-13)

47.  Cleveland-Akron-Canton, Ohio (-22)

48.  West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce, Fla. (-32)

49.  Bangor, Maine (-4)

50.  Harlingen-Brownsville-McAllen-Weslaco, Texas (+21)

Mosquitoes become more active as temperatures rise, with mosquito season ranging from April to October – and with above-average temperatures, the South Central region (from St. Louis down to Texas) made a comfortable home for the blood-sucking pests.

While the spread of Zika virus in the U.S. has decreased, it remains a concern because there is no treatment, cure or vaccine. One of the best strategies for eliminating mosquito-borne diseases is to reduce populations of the mosquitos that spread them.

For more mosquito information and prevention tips, you can go here.

Source: Orkin

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