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    Top 20 Cities You're Most Likely to Get a Mosquito Bite

    By Nina Elias, Prevention
    7/20/2014 6:17:48 AM

    You're sitting outside eating your freshly grilled turkey burger and minding your own business when-bzzz...bzzz...THWAP!-summer's first mosquito picked your arm to begin its feasting season. In some parts of the world, the buzzing buggers transmit serious diseases; according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2,300 cases of West Nile virus were reported in 48 states in 2013.

    But at the very least, mosquitoes (and their bites) are downright annoying. This week, pest control company Orkin released its top 20 mosquito cities, ranked by the number of mosquito treatments the company performed in 2013. Here's where you need an extra fly swatter:

    PLUS: 9 Sneaky Summer Pains

    Credit: Prevention

    1. Atlanta

    2. Chicago

    3. Washington, D.C.

    4. Detroit

    5. Raleigh-Durham

    6. Boston

    7. Houston

    8. Nashville

    9. Charlotte

    10. Dallas-Fort Worth

    11. Richmond-Petersburg

    12. Miami-Fort Lauderdale

    13. Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek

    14. Memphis

    15. Columbus, Ohio

    16. Cleveland-Akron

    17. Huntsville-Decatur, Alabama

    18. Minneapolis-St. Paul

    19. Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News

    20. Albany-Schenectady-Troy

    Orkin recommends applying an EPA-approved insect repellent before heading outside, as well as donning long pants and long sleeves at dawn and dusk, when mosquito activity spikes. Check out more mosquito bite prevention tips for an itch-free summer. 

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