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Health & Fit Mosquito alert! These cities are worst, according to Orkin

03:35  03 may  2017
03:35  03 may  2017 Source:   today.com

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This metropolis is No. 1 on Orkin 's list of Top 50 Mosquito Cities for the fourth year in a row. Orkin ’s list ranks metro areas by the number of mosquito customers the pest control company served from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.

More: Detroit 11th worst city for mosquitoes , Orkin says. “ Mosquitoes are more than annoying; they can be a major health threat,” Mark Beavers, an Orkin They are most active when temperatures rise above 80 degrees, according to Orkin . Peak West Nile virus season is typically late August through

Image: Aedes aegypti mosquito © AP Image: Aedes aegypti mosquito

Stock up on that bug spray, Atlanta! The metropolis is No. 1 on Orkin's list of Top 50 Mosquito Cities for the fourth year in a row, followed by Washington and Chicago.

It's a serious issue as mosquito season ramps up again with the warmer weather and with it, fears of more cases of Zika. The virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes. Most people won't have symptoms, but Zika infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects.

Orkin's list ranks metro areas by the number of mosquito customers the pest control company served from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.

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New York is the fourth worst city in the country for mosquitoes , according to the latest ranking released by pest control company Orkin . Orkin ranked the top 50 metro areas by the number of mosquito customers, including both residential and commercial patrons, served from April 1, 2016 to

The Atlanta area is the worst city in the U.S. for mosquitoes , according to a ranking of the top mosquito cities in the United States by the pest control company, Orkin . According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, no one is safe from mosquito -borne illnesses like West Nile Virus.

Here are the cities in the top 15:

  1. Atlanta
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Chicago
  4. New York
  5. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale
  6. Dallas-Ft. Worth
  7. Houston
  8. Detroit
  9. Charlotte, N.C.
  10. Nashville
  11. Tampa-St. Petersburg
  12. Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne
  13. Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News
  14. Memphis
  15. Mobile-Pensacola

Some 21 metro areas in the Southeast are included in the list — the most of any U.S. region.

More than 5,200 cases of Zika have been reported in the U.S. since 2015, 224 of them likely through local mosquito-borne transmission in Florida and Texas.

There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika, so the best way to protect yourself is to prevent mosquito bites, the CDC notes. Use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants and control mosquitoes around your home by removing standing water and using window and door screens.

Texas mosquito infects local man with Zika virus, health officials say .
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