ST. LOUIS — The weather may be warming up, but with a rise in mosquitoes' presence in the St. Louis area, you may want to cover up your body with more clothing for the next few months.
Nationwide pest control service Orkin released their list of the top populated areas as part of their Top 50 Mosquito Cities list, and it's news that bites — literally. St. Louis climbed 20 spots from last year to become the sixth-most mosquito-populated metropolitan area in the United States, just behind Chicago, Washington D.C., New York City, Dallas-Fort Worth and Atlanta.
Orkin based their research on a year-long study between April 1, 2017, and March 31, 2018.
Mosquito season begins with the arrival of spring temperatures, but they're most active in temperatures above 80 degrees. Breeding season typically runs from July through September; West Nile Virus season doesn't come into play until late August.
“Mosquitoes continue to be a major health concern, especially in the summer months,” said Orkin entomologist, Chelle Hartzer, in a statement. “According to the CDC, vector-borne diseases like Zika virus and West Nile virus have tripled since 2004. These mosquito-borne diseases may have serious side effects.”
Kansas City ranked as ninth on the list, and Springfield, Mo., was ranked at no. 39.