St. Louis is in the top-10 for worst mosquito infestations in the U.S.

Our humid metropolis comes in at No. 9.

April 25, 2019 - 10:32 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — As the temperature rises, so does the number of our bug bites. And St. Louis has it a lot worse than most cities in the U.S.

In fact, St. Louis ranks ninth in the country for its high concentration of mosquitoes.

According to a study conducted by Mosquito Squad with data from sister company Thermacell, 

The top 10 cities for mosquito concentrations are:

  1. Boston
  2. New York
  3. Washington, D.C.
  4. Chicago
  5. Twin Cities, Minn.
  6. Richmond, Va.
  7. Philadelphia
  8. St. Joseph, Mich.
  9. St. Louis
  10. Charlotte, N.C.

Fortunately, Missouri and Illinois were bypassed when it comes to states with the most ticks, which was also evaluated among the data.

The best way to avoid mosquitoes is getting rid of standing water and wearing insect repellent. Other advice includes repairing tears in screens and wearing long-sleeved clothing.

“Right now we’ve had a lot of rain, and it is hot and humid and muggy, and that’s perfect for mosquito breeding season so be on the alert for mosquitos and take steps to protect yourself from exposure to mosquitoes," says SLU Care's Dr. Nirav Patel.

Patel says key prevention tips include wearing repellent containing DEET or picaridin and getting rid of any sources of standing water in or around your home.

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