In recognition of World Mosquito Day, Terminix, a leading provider of termite and pest control services and a ServiceMaster (NYSE: SERV) company, has announced its list of 25 cities pestered the most by mosquitoes. The Dallas-Fort Worth area topped the list for the second consecutive year, followed by New York City, Washington, D.C. and Houston. While many in the United States think of mosquitoes as little more than nuisances that cause itchy red bumps, they can transmit serious diseases—including the West Nile virus—and globally, they are vectors for deadly illnesses including malaria. According to the World Health Organization, mosquitoes are the world’s deadliest animal.
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The top mosquito cities list was determined by examining data regarding Terminix services rendered by branches across the United States between July 1, 2017 and July 1, 2018*. Texas and Florida lead the nation, each with four cities on the list, followed closely by California and Tennessee. The full list of the top 25 cities is:
1. Dallas-Fort Worth
|14. Nashville, Tenn.|
2. New York City
|15. Tampa, Fla.|
3. Washington, D.C.
|16. San Francisco|
5. Los Angeles
|18. Little Rock, Ark.|
|19. Mobile, Ala.|
|20. Austin, Texas|
8. Memphis, Tenn.
|21. Oklahoma City|
|10. Baltimore||23. Jacksonville, Fla.|
|11. Miami||24. Indianapolis|
|12. San Antonio||25. Phoenix|
|13. Orlando, Fla.|
Terminix provides a variety of solutions to significantly reduce the threat of mosquitoes and the potential spread of disease, including the new Quick Guard® Mosquito Service and One-Time Mosquito Service, quick and effective mosquito treatments that begin working immediately. Earlier this year Terminix launched Quick Guard, which combines the benefits of working immediately with a longer lasting impact, providing significant value to customers. This product has seen rapid adoption by customers delivering significant growth.
One-Time Mosquito Service is a great option that can be purchased online for near-term mosquito mitigation, such as ahead of Labor Day barbecues, while Quick Guard holds up for weeks on end and even in the most challenging environments, including poor weather conditions and lawn watering. And because Terminix services are backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, customers can purchase with confidence.
“At Terminix, our passion is protecting our customers from mosquitoes,” said Matt Stevenson, President, Terminix Residential. “From treating a backyard oasis to a one-time mosquito service in preparation for an event, we ensure these problem pests are no longer an issue.”
Homeowners can take steps to limit the number of mosquitoes in their backyards. Decrease the availability of potential breeding sites through the following means, and consult a professional for mosquito control for additional help:
1. Remove sources of standing water. Some mosquitoes need standing water in order to lay their eggs. Removing open containers, buckets, plastic sheeting or covers, and tires filled with water can help reduce the breeding sites in your yard.
2. Clean the gutters. It’s also important to maintain your gutter system. Leaves and other debris can build up in your gutters and downspouts, leading to water retention.
3. Change water sources weekly. Emptying or replacing the water in outdoor pet bowls, fountains, birdbaths, rain barrels and plant containers often will help break the mosquito breeding cycle.
4. Replace outdoor lighting. Mosquitoes, like many insects, can be attracted to light. Special bulbs called “bug lights” emit a different type of light than typical light bulbs. Replacing outdoor lighting with these “bug lights” can help attract fewer mosquitoes.
For more information, visit Terminix.com or call your local Terminix branch.
*This ranking was created by compiling mosquito-specific data of services rendered at more than 300 Terminix branches across the country. The rankings represent Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) with the highest number of actual services between July 1, 2017 and July 1, 2018.
Terminix is the leading provider of termite and pest control services in the United States. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., Terminix services approximately 2.8 million residential and commercial customers in 47 states and 18 countries. Terminix provides pest control services and protection against termites, rodents and other pests. Terminix is a business unit of ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (SERV), a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services. Terminix is the Official Pest Control Specialist of Minor League Baseball™. To learn more about Terminix, visit www.Terminix.com.
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