Anderson Releases Top Mosquito Suburbs List

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Anderson Pest Solutions, the largest family owned pest control company in the Midwest, has released a list of the top 10 Chicago area suburbs with homeowners requesting treatment for mosquitoes this summer.

The list ranks suburbs by the number of mosquito customers serviced by Anderson since 2013.

Anderson’s 2015 Top 10 Mosquito Suburbs List:

1. Lake Forest
2. Libertyville
3. Hoffman Estates
4. Wilmette
5. Northbrook
6. Buffalo Grove
7. Naperville
8. Barrington
9. Arlington Heights
10. Burr Ridge

More than just a nuisance, mosquitoes are one of North America’s most dangerous pests. Mosquito abatement services have generally increased since 2010 as a result of growing concern about the effects of mosquito borne diseases, such as West Nile Virus and other conditions that cause encephalitis.

The Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first West Nile virus positive mosquito batches reported in Northern Illinois for 2015. IDPH employees collected a positive mosquito batch on May 21, 2015, in Oak Lawn, and another on May 26, 2015 in Evergreen Park – both in Cook County.

“We have confirmed mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus from Southern Illinois to Northern Illinois,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah.  “Although the county in which you live may not be reporting a West Nile virus positive result, you still need to take precautions  as we’re seeing positive results from across the state.”

Unusually frequent and heavy rains this spring and early summer mean there will be a greater number of mosquitoes than average this year. In particular, the floodwater mosquito may appear a couple weeks after the rains and breed in areas that are flooded which typically remain dry.

“Mosquitoes are a major concern during the summer months because of the potential health threats and allergic reactions that they can cause,” said Mark O’Hara, President of Anderson Pest Solutions. “Illinois consistently ranks as one of the states with the most confirmed cases of West Nile Virus. It’s important that families take precautions against mosquitoes at home and around their communities, as well as when they travel.”