Summer has arrived and with the flowers and green grass comes the uninvited guest we can't seem to get away from...the mosquito. It feels like here in Michigan those charming little buggers have earned the rank of "state bird" with their persistent seasonal presence, but is it really that bad? Yes!

One Michigan city has found itself ranked in the top 10 of Orkin's Top 50 Mosquito-Infested Cities in America list. The yearly list serves a purpose with Orkin releasing a ranking of the most mosquito-prone cities and continuing to combat the pest through its partnership with the American Red Cross this summer.

"Mosquitoes aren’t just a nuisance—they’re dangerous. They are the deadliest animal on earth, causing more than 600,000 malaria-related deaths around the world each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mosquitoes also spread other serious illnesses, including West Nile virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and Zika, all of which are threats to humans and animals", Orkin said. 

 

What Michigan City is Considered One of the Most Mosquito-Infested in America?

According to Orkin's latest rankings, Detroit, the Motor City, has just been named one of the worst for mosquitos in the United States. While this may not be the accolade we all hoped for, it certainly adds a buzz to our summer stories. Detroit landed in the #10 spot on this year's list, with Los Angeles, California taking the #1 spot.

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Detroit’s of green spaces, wetlands, and standing water sources create the perfect breeding ground for these tiny, winged intruders. With the Detroit River running through the city and numerous small lakes and ponds scattered around, it's a mosquito paradise.

Although Detroit made the top 10, it wasn't the only Michigan city to make the illustrious list. Grand Rapids to the 33 spot with its own mosquito issues. You can view the full list of Orkin's Top 50 Mosquito-Infested Cities here. 

The Colors and Scents Mosquitos Love and Hate

Avoid being eaten alive by mosquitos this summer by giving yourself a fighting chance with these DIY repellents you can use today. Please scroll through the gallery below to find out what colors attract these little blood-suckers, which colors they ignore, and what kinds of scents will keep them away all day.

Gallery Credit: Wesley Adams

9 Plants That Mosquitoes Absolutely Hate

Some plants are pretty, some are fragrant, but these plants also keep those pesky mosquitoes away.

Gallery Credit: Photo: Wallmart

 

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