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NYC is the second worst city for mosquitoes. Find out who’s first.

NEW YORK – The latest buzz around New York City is completely unwelcome.

A new report from Orkin Pest Control lists the 50 worst U.S. cities for mosquitoes.

According to Orkin, New York City ranks second in the country, behind Los Angeles, California.

Here’s a look at the 10 worst cities:

  1. Los Angeles, California.

  2. New York, NY

  3. Chicago, Ill.

  4. Dallas, Texas

  5. Atlanta, GA.

  6. Houston, Texas

  7. Washington, DC

  8. Philadelphia, Pa.

  9. San Francisco, California.

  10. Detroit, Mich.

New Jersey is not on the list, but Hartford, Connecticut is at number 37.

Orkin says the data is based on new mosquito treatments in homes from April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024. View the full list here.

The deadliest animal in the world

Although they may be small, mosquitoes are considered the deadliest animal on the planet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

They spread diseases such as malaria and other serious diseases such as the West Nile and Zika viruses.

Malaria, which can be fatal, made a comeback in the United States last year for the first time in two decades, with eight locally transmitted cases in Florida and Texas. The disease is spread by a certain type of mosquito called anopheles.

West Nile is the most common mosquito-borne disease in the US, with an average of 2,400 reported cases per year. Symptoms include fever, head and body aches, vomiting, diarrhea and rash.

How to keep mosquitoes at bay

Mosquitoes thrive in warm, moist places and lay their eggs around stagnant water bodies, such as ponds and swamps.

Orkin recommends going after their breeding grounds by removing standing water from:

  • Got
  • Potted plants
  • Wading
  • Pet water bowls and bird baths

The company also suggests wearing long, loose-fitting clothing and using EPA-registered insect sprays that contain DEET, picaridin or IR3535.

“Remove standing water, a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Use a fan outside and point it downwards. Mosquitoes like to bite lower limbs, they have thin wings, they won’t do that.” withstand a fan. Finally, avoid strong perfumes and scented lotions that can attract mosquitoes,” says Dr. Kumar told CBS New York last summer.

“The chemical insect repellents are really the right choice. Picaridin or DEET are really the right choice. I know essential oils are marketed but the problem is they are not regulated by the EPA, you don’t know what you are getting. she added. “And they evaporate. So they can fend off for a while, but you only get twenty minutes of protection here at most.”

Homeowners who sign up for Orkin’s mosquito control services between May 20 and June 30 will help raise $25 for the Red Cross. Read more about the fundraiser here.