Dallas, Washington, D.C. Top List of American Cities Plagued the Most by Mosquitoes
I'm old enough to remember mosquito trucks winding their way through my neighborhood, leaving behind thick plumes of poisonous smoke. That smoke, which I and the other neighborhood kids darted in and out of as we played, was intended to kill the mosquitoes. Frankly, I don't remember if it did its job or not. That being said, the twenty-five cities on Terminix's list of "cities buzzing with the most mosquitoes" may want to consider sending out a mosquito truck or three.
Mosquitoes are masters of breeding, ensuring that Terminix's mosquito services will always be needed. The scary thing is that, according to the World Health Organization, "Mosquitoes are one of the deadliest animals in the world. Their ability to carry and spread disease to humans causes millions of deaths every year."
That's a frightening statement, especially for those who live in one of the twenty-five worst cities for mosquitoes. And I happen to live in the city ranked #3 — Washington, D.C. (which is called a swamp for a reason). Well, to be clear, I live right across the river in Arlington, which is the same place as D.C., for all intents and purposes. Regarding mosquitoes, Arlington and D.C. are definitely the same. The number of mosquitoes that swarm in my backyard from late spring through early fall is insane!
Dallas-Fort Worth has the unfortunate distinction of sitting at #1 on Terminix's list, followed by New York City and then the aforementioned Washington, D.C. One thing the list bears out is that no part of the country is immune from the scourge of mosquitoes.
Here is the top-25 list: