Wichita-Hutchinson among worst in nation for mosquitoes, ranking confirms

Published: May. 7, 2018 at 9:26 PM CDT
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It's no secret to people who call south central Kansas home: mosquitoes are a menace in spring and summer.

But just how bad is our mosquito problem compared to other cities/metro areas across the U.S.?

Monday, Orkin unveiled its top 50 Mosquito Cities list. Atlanta is No. 1, followed by Dallas, New York and Washington, D.C. Wichita-Hutchinson checks in at No. 34. While we're not at the top of the list, a place in Orkin's top 50 means mosquitoes love south central Kansas much more than most of us wish they would.

The No. 34 spot for Wichita-Hutchinson is a 40-place jump from last year, Orkin says.

One of the key concerns with the pest is disease, especially West Nile Virus, which

“Mosquitoes continue to be a major health concern, especially in the summer months,” said Orkin entomologist, Chelle Hartzer in Monday's news release on the company's Top 50 Mosquito Cities list. “Mosquitos can transmit several diseases to humans including Zika virus, West Nile virus and several kinds of encephalitis. Each of these mosquito-borne diseases may have serious side effects.”

While we can start to see mosquitoes before the official spring season begins, Orkin says mosquito season starts when spring temperatures arrive.

"...And they are most active in temperatures about 80 degrees," Orkin says. "Breeding season is usually July through September, while peak West Nile virus season is usually not until late August through September or even October in some areas."

You can see Orkin's full Top 50 Mosquito Cities list