Nothing ruins some fun in the sun quite like a swarm of mosquitoes -- and certain places fare worse than others when it comes to bugs.Orkin, the pest control specialists, ranked the top 20 cities with the worst mosquito problems based on the amount of customers serviced last year.
For the second year in a row, Hot-lanta is in the top spot. The Georgia capital is one of nine cities in the south east on the list. Chicago, Washington, Detroit and Houston round out the top five.
Mosquitoes love summer as much as we do. June, July and August are high season for the bugs, and they're not just annoying. "Their bites can cause allergic reactions and spread diseases, which means families need to take precautions against mosquitoes when outdoors in their own yards and around their communities, as well as when they travel," said Entomologist and Orkin Technical Services Director Dr. Ron Harrison.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends using an EPA registered insect repellent on your skin and Permethrin on your clothing, as well as covering up exposed skin with long sleeves and pants. Avoid the outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes that spread West Nile are known to bite. The CDC also suggests getting involved with your community control programs.
This is the complete list of the 20 worst cities for mosquitoes, so if you live in any of these places, take extra care in the warm weather.