Aug. 23 2019 08:02 AM

Cities in Texas and Florida dominated the list.

In recognition of World Mosquito Day, an international effort to raise awareness of the insect’s status as the world’s deadliest animal, Terminix, Memphis, Tennessee, a provider of termite and pest control services and a ServiceMaster company, has announced its 2019 ranking of the country’s top 50 cities most infested with mosquitoes.

Los Angeles took the top spot, jumping from its No. 5 ranking in 2018. Dallas-Fort Worth fell to No. 2 after two years at the top of the list, followed by Houston, New York and Washington, D.C., in the top five spots. Texas and Florida dominated the list, with six and five cities in the top 50, respectively.

Mosquito-borne diseases kill millions each year across the globe. In the U.S., mosquitoes can transmit serious diseases such as West Nile virus and encephalitis, and globally, mosquitoes are vectors for other deadly illnesses, including malaria and Zika.

“As the ultimate Defenders of Home, we are steadfast in our mission to protect our customers and their families from threats like mosquitoes,” says Matthew Stevenson, president of Terminix Residential. “From providing expert advice to treating a backyard, every homeowner deserves a partner who can provide a healthier and safer environment to enjoy the outdoors.”

Homeowners should be particularly cautious as the U.S. experienced the highest level of precipitation in recorded history over a 12-month period this summer. Heavy rains may lead to increased standing water for mosquitoes to breed, unleashing higher than normal mosquito populations.

Terminix based its ranking on the number of services rendered in each city in the last year*. The full list of the top 50 cities is:

1. Los Angeles

2. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

3. Houston

4. New York

5. Washington, D.C.

6. Atlanta

7. Philadelphia

8. Memphis, Tennessee

9. Baltimore

10. Chicago

11. Miami

12. San Francisco

13. Boston

14. Orlando, Florida

15. Nashville, Tennessee

16. Tampa, Florida

17. San Antonio

18. Phoenix

19. Austin, Texas

20. Oklahoma City

21. Little Rock, Arkansas

22. Mobile, Alabama

23. Indianapolis

24. Detroit

25. Cincinnati

26. Fresno, California

27. St. Louis

28. West Palm Beach, Florida

29. San Diego

30. Sacramento, California

31. Louisville, Kentucky

32. Jacksonville, Florida

33. Columbus, Ohio

34. Tulsa, Oklahoma

35. Shreveport, Louisiana

36. Kansas City, Missouri

37. Jackson, Mississippi

38. Cleveland

39. Tyler-Longview, Texas

40. Birmingham, Alabama

41. Fort Smith, Arkansas

42. Montgomery, Alabama

43. Baton Rouge, Louisiana

44. Chattanooga, Tennessee

45. Honolulu

46. Richmond, Virginia

47. Corpus Christi, Texas

48. Paducah, Kentucky

49. Milwaukee

50. Denver

*This ranking was created by compiling mosquito-specific data of services rendered at more than 300 Terminix branches across the country. The rankings represent Metropolitan Statistical Areas with the highest number of actual services between June 16, 2018 and June 15, 2019.