Mosquito Populations In The Maryland Area Are Troublesome
If you’ve lived in Maryland for a summer, you are likely well aware of how dangerous mosquitos can be. If it seems as though you are always slapping at your legs or having to apply bug spray, you’re not alone. Many in this area are affected by massive mosquito populations. In fact, one study found that Washington, D.C. ranked as the 2nd-worst city for mosquitos in the United States. The threat of mosquitos should be a primary concern as we approach summer.
The Worst Mosquito Cities In The US
One study recently revealed the Top 50 Worst Mosquito Cities in the United States. Washington, D.C., which ranked third in the same survey from the year prior, moved up a spot to number two. Our neighbors just up 95, New York City, also moved up one place to fourth overall.
Baltimore came in at 28th on the list. At first glance, this may not seem that bad, right? Every major city is going to deal with mosquitos, and that fact that Baltimore is outside of the top half is probably a good thing. However, it’s not that simple. Baltimore skyrocketed up nine spots on the list from 37. This is a reliable indicator demonstrating that mosquito populations are getting worse in our area.
The Zika Virus
One of the primary reasons to be concerned about mosquitos is the Zika virus. Unfortunately, it appears that not nearly enough Americans are taking a threat of Zika seriously. In fact, one study found that approximately 90% of Americans believe that they are unlikely to contract the Zika virus. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that there have been thousands of documented cases in the U.S. since 2015.
The main problem with the Zika virus is that there is no known cure. Scientists have yet to come up with a treatment or a vaccine to treat the virus. Additionally, Maryland residents must be aware of the Asian tiger mosquito, which experts first discovered in Baltimore City in 1987. The mosquito is a known transmitter of the West Nile virus, which has the potential to be fatal.
Protecting Against Mosquito Risk
When it comes to protecting against mosquitos, the saying, “The best defense is a good offense” rings particularly true. Because there is no known treatment for the Zika virus, the best way to protect yourself against the disease is by reducing your chances of being bitten in the first place.
When outdoors this summer, consider wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, especially if you are going yard work or are near the woods. Additionally, be sure that your clothing is loose, as mosquitos can bite through tight clothing.
Furthermore, considering contact your local pest control experts at BUGOUT. BUGOUT technicians can evaluate your home and yard to identify and eliminate any areas where mosquitos may have laid eggs. They can also inspect your home to ensure that mosquitos will not be able to enter.