- The Washington Times - Monday, May 1, 2017

Washington, D.C., is the second worst city for mosquitoes, according to a survey by Orkin pest control.

It moved up one spot from the previous year, of which data is based on the number of mosquito customers served by the pest control service from April 1, 2016, to March 31, 2017.

The height of mosquito season takes place in the warmer months from April to October.

On the list of 50 cities, Atlanta is the worst for mosquitoes, followed by D.C., Chicago and then New York.

There are 21 Southeast metro areas represented on the list as having significant problems with the mosquito population, the most out of any region in the U.S., Orkin wrote in its press release.



“Mosquitoes are a public health threat,” Orkin entomologist Mark Beavers said in a statement. “Zika virus is currently one of the most notable illnesses that can be spread by mosquitoes, and it will likely be a problem again this year, especially in areas where the type of mosquito that can carry the virus thrives.”

The Zika virus is passed when a mosquito bites an infected person and then bites another person. While Zika cases were reported in all 50 states of the U.S., the majority of cases were travel related, people returning from sub-tropical regions with high rates of the virus.

While there is no cure for Zika, the National Institutes of Health started the second phase trial testing of a vaccine in March and are expecting to have a completed vaccine by 2019.

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