Los Angeles No. 1 on Orkin’s Top Mosquito Cities List

ATLANTA – For the third year in a row, Los Angeles surpassed all other cities to earn the No. 1 spot on Orkin’s 50 Most Mosquito Cities list. Holding strong for the second year in a row at number two and three are Chicago and New York, respectively. Atlanta moved up one spot to secure the number four ranking, while Dallas/Fort Worth jumped one spot to number five.

Charlotte (#10) jumped eight spots, achieving a Top 10 ranking for the first time. Memphis saw the biggest jump this year, rising 15 spots to number 31. Joining the list this year are Oklahoma City, Austin, Spokane (Washington), Bakersfield (CA) and Fresno (CA).

As the weather begins to warm up and people venture outdoors for summer activities and gatherings, mosquitoes are looking to enjoy the weather as well. Mosquitoes thrive in warm temperatures and after rain and can lay their eggs in shallow puddles and reproduce rapidly, changing from larva to adult in just a couple of weeks.

The list is based on treatment data from the metropolitan areas where Orkin performed the most mosquito control services from April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023. The list includes residential and commercial mosquito treatments.

1. Los Angeles

2. chicago

3. New York

4. Atlanta (+1)

5.Dallas/Ft. Value (+1)

6. Washington, D.C. (-2)

7. Philadelphia (+3)

8. Detroit (-1)

9. Houston (+3)

10. Charlotte (+8)

11. Raleigh-Durham (+6)

12. Tampa (-1)

13. Miami (-4)

14. Orlando (+2)


16. San Francisco (-8

17. Seattle (+3)

18. Cleveland, Ah (-5)

19. Baltimore (-5)

20. Indianapolis (-1)

21. Minneapolis (+2)

22. Phoenix, Arizona (+8)

23. Big Rapids (+5)

24. Nashville (+1)

25. Norfolk, Virginia (+1)

26. Greenville, South Carolina (-2)

27. Columbus, Oh (-6)

28. Oklahoma City (New to the list)

29. Saint Louis (-7)

30. Richmond (-1)

31. Memphis (+15)

32. Milwaukee (+6)

33. Boston (+1)

34. Kansas City (-2)

35. Flint (+7)

36. Sacramento (+1)

37. Pittsburgh (-6)

38. San Diego (-5)

39. San Antonio (-4)

40. Tulsa (+5)

41. New Orleans (-1)

42. Cincinnati (-15)

43. Knoxville (-4)

44. Myrtle Beach (+4)

45. West Palm Beach (-9)

46. ​​Austin (new to the list)

47. Greensboro, North Carolina (-3)

48. Spokane (New to the list)

49. Bakersfield (New to the list)

50. Fresno (New to the list)

For the fourth year in a row, Orkin and the American Red Cross present the Mosquitoes Don’t Deserve A Drop campaign, an initiative that aims to raise awareness about the importance of maintaining the nation’s blood supply and protecting people against threats to the mosquito public health. Orkin invites customers and employees across the country to pledge blood through the Red Cross in Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, DC, and Dallas.

Additionally, Orkin will donate $25 to the Red Cross for each mosquito control service purchased from May 22 to June 30, 2023, up to $250,000.

Mosquitoes are one of the biggest threats to public health in the world. They carry vector-borne diseases such as West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis, and Zika—hazards that apply to both humans and pets. Orkin is committed to educating the public about the risks associated with these blood-sucking pests and, most importantly, eliminating them from businesses across the country.