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How does Florida stack up among the nation’s most infested places?

In recognition of World Mosquito Day, an international effort to raise awareness of the insect’s status as the world’s deadliest animal, we have provided the 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.

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.

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



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