This bites: DFW lands in Top 5 and wishes it didn’t

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Well this bites.

Here’s one Top 5 list Dallas-Fort Worth didn’t want to fly high on.

In recognition of World Mosquito Day, an international effort to raise awareness of the insect’s status as the world’s deadliest animal, pest control service provider Terminix announced its 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 another Texas city – Houston with New York and Washington, D.C. filling out the top five. Texas and Florida dominated the list, with six and five cities in the top 50, respectively. Uh, thanks for the honor.

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Mosquito-borne diseases kill millions each year across the globe. In the United States, 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.

“As the ultimate Defenders of Home, we are steadfast in our mission to protect our customers and their families from threats like mosquitoes,” said Matthew Stevenson, president of Terminix Residential. “From providing expert advice to treating a backyard, every homeowner deserves a partner who can provide a healthier and safer environment to enjoy the outdoors.”

While we in Texas have welcomed some rare summer rains, it has exacerbated the presence of these members of the Culicidae family.

Homeowners should be particularly cautious as the United States 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.

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Terminix based its ranking on the number of services rendered in each city in the last year*.

Los Angeles, CA

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

Houston, TX

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New York, NY

Washington, D.C.

Atlanta, GA

Philadelphia, PA

Memphis, TN

Baltimore, MD

Chicago, IL

Miami, FL

San Francisco

Boston, MA

Orlando, FL

Nashville, TN

Tampa, FL

San Antonio, TX

Phoenix, AZ

Austin, TX

Oklahoma City, OK

Little Rock, AR

Mobile, AL

Indianapolis, IN

Detroit, MI

Cincinnati, OH

Fresno, CA

St. Louis, MO

West Palm Beach, FL

San Diego, CA

Sacramento, CA

Louisville, KY

Jacksonville, FL

Columbus, OH

Tulsa, OK

Shreveport, LA

Kansas City, MO

Jackson, MS

Cleveland, OH

Tyler-Longview, TX

Birmingham, AL

Fort Smith, AR

Montgomery, AL

Baton Rouge, LA

Chattanooga, TN

Honolulu, HI

Richmond, VA

Corpus Christi, TX

Paducah, KY

Milwaukee, WI

Denver, CO