Hate Mosquitoes? Avoid These 5 Cities

Folks in the Southeast are the worst off
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2015 2:25 PM CDT
5 US Cities Most Plagued by Mosquitoes
A mosquito looks for an easy breakfast in Fairbanks, Alaska.   (Eric Engman/Fairbanks Daily News-Miner via AP)

Just how bad will the mosquitoes get you this year? Based on the number of customers it serviced last year, pest control company Orkin has put out its list of the 20 worst US cities, and, well—sorry, Atlanta, but you're No. 1. The Southeast is particularly hard-hit, with nine cities there showing up. In addition to making us itch, mosquitoes spread diseases such as West Nile and the painful-sounding chikungunya (aka the Lindsay Lohan virus). Here are the "top" five cities:

  1. Atlanta
  2. Chicago
  3. Washington
  4. Detroit
  5. Houston
Check the complete list. Or read why mosquitoes like some people more than others. (Read more lists stories.)

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