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My Town: Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo among worst cities for mosquitoes
My Town: Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo among worst cities for mosquitoes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—If  you’re among the many Americans planning to celebrate Memorial Day weekend outside, don’t forget the bug spray.

The Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek area is among the top 20 cities for mosquito problems.  That’s according to Orkin.  The pest control company based its rankings on the number of treatments it performed last year. Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek ranked 13th on the list.  Atlanta took the top spot, followed by Chicago, Washington D.C. and Detroit.  

The rankings are as follows:

1: Atlanta

2: Chicago

3. Washington, D.C.

4. Detroit

5. Raleigh-Durham

6. Boston

7. Houston

8. Nashville

9. Charlotte

10. Dallas-Fort Worth

11. Richmond-Petersburg

12. Miami-Fort Lauderdale

13. Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek

14. Memphis

15. Columbus, OH

16. Cleveland-Akron

17. Huntsville-Decatur, Alabama

18. Minneapolis-St. Paul

19. Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News

20. Albany-Schenectady-Troy

The Michigan Department of Community Health is offering these tips to prevent mosquitoe bites, which can carry West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis:

  • Wear EPA-labeled repellants that contain active ingredients, such as DEET, Picaridin or lemon or eucalyptus oil.
  • Use nets and fans to deter mosquitoes from eating areas. 
  • Install or fix window and door screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
  • Dump out or cover containers with standing water where mosquitoes can lay eggs.