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Top 10 US Cities with the Greatest Risk for Vector Pests

Weather Patterns Create Ideal Conditions for Ticks and Mosquitoes

Ticks and Mosquitoes

Arrow Exterminators is urging homeowners to remain vigilant this summer to take preventative measures to protect themselves against vector pests such as mosquitoes and ticks. Many cities across the US have experienced warm temperatures in combination with high precipitation levels which creates ideal conditions for these potentially dangerous pests to thrive all summer long.

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recently released a new Vector Sectors™ list  (see below) of the top 10 U.S. cities with the greatest risk for increased pest pressure from vector pests, including ticks and mosquitoes. As vectors of disease, these pests are able to transmit pathogens such as Lyme disease and West Nile virus to humans through their bites, making awareness and prevention paramount to protecting public health.

Regardless of what city you live in, Arrow Exterminators recommends that you take preventive steps to help control mosquito and tick populations:

  • Eliminate sources of standing water
  • Maintain your yard and remove unnecessary vegetation
  • When spending time outdoors wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants if possible
  • Use insect repellant containing DEET or Permethrin
  • Screen windows and doors to prevent pests from getting inside homes; and
  • Contact a local Pest Control Professional if you suspect a pest infestation or if you are interested in setting up preventative service

Top 10 Vector Sector Pests List