Each year, approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, although other tracking methods suggest that approximately 300,000 people may get Lyme disease each year, with 96 percent of reported cases are concentrated in 15 states including New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Connecticut.
At Mosquito Squad, we want to make sure everyone across the country—and particularly residents of states at the most risk—know how to protect themselves and their families from the dangers of mosquito- and tick-borne illnesses.
We wanted residents to know if they are living in a high-risk area with the largest concentration of mosquitoes and ticks. These top 10 lists are determined by the number of services provided in 2018, as well as sales from Mosquito Squad's tick control tube partner Thermacell. Our data shows that New York, Massachusetts, and Virginia are among the states that have a high concentration of both mosquitoes and ticks.
Top 10 Mosquito Cities
Top 10 Tick States
· Boston, MA
· New York, NY
· Washington, D.C.
· Chicago, IL
· Twin Cities, MN
· Richmond, VA
· Philadelphia, PA
· St. Joseph, MI
· St. Louis, MO
· Charlotte, NC
· New York
· New Hampshire
· New Jersey
With record-breaking rainfall this spring, the rise in humidity and increase in standing water also welcome an influx of mosquitoes and ticks. The possibility of contracting Lyme disease coupled with the continued threat of West Nile virus make mosquito and tick protection a priority for many homeowners. These insects breed in moist environments and with the Climate Prediction Center forecasting warmer-than-average temperatures and above-normal precipitation levels for parts of the country, the number of mosquitoes and ticks is likely to grow.
"Mosquitoes and ticks are more than an annoyance, as they can carry dangerous diseases that could affect the well-being of friends and family," said Amy Lawhorne, Chief Operating Officer of Mosquito Squad. "While the cities and states in this list represent the areas of highest concentration, mosquitoes and ticks seek refuge all over the country. Getting a mosquito or tick treatment is an effective way to rid your home of these dangers and is highly recommended as the season continues on."
"It's important to remember that flooded areas create the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes," said Lawhorne. "To keep them at bay, tip over anything that can hold water, toss lawn or tree debris and remove any tarps from the yard. Taking care of your yard and eliminating mosquito and tick habitats will allow you and your family to enjoy the spring and summer seasons without worry."
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