West Michigan tops list for worst mosquitoes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — West Michigan is topping a new list for worst mosquito cities in the U.S.

The Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek area ranked 12th on the list put together by pest control company Orkin. The rankings are based on the number of customers who bought mosquito control services from Orkin last year.

Atlanta took the number one spot followed by Chicago. Detroit ranked 4th on the list.

>>LIST: 20 Worst Mosquito Cities

Last week Consumer Reports announced that new testing revealed some of the most effective insect repellents don’t rely on DEET.

Sawyer’s Fisherman’s Formula, whose active ingredient was 20 percent picaridin; and Repel Lemon Eucalyptus, which contained 30 percent oil of lemon eucalyptus scored the highest when it came to keeping bugs away. Both repellents kept mosquitoes and deer ticks away for at least seven hours.

A couple DEET products also earned a “Recommended” rating in the Consumer Reports tests including Repel Scented Family (15 percent DEET) and Off! Deepwoods VIII (25 percent DEET). Natrapel 8 Hour, another picaridin product, rounded out the top five.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said DEET products provide the best protection against mosquitoes. Although the CDC says insect repellents containing picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus “typically provide long-lasting protection”, it cautions that products with oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under 3.

Insect repellents that contain natural plant oils, such as citronella, lemongrass, and rosemary did not perform well in the test. None lasted more than an hour against mosquitoes in the Consumer Reports tests and some failed almost immediately, according to the study.


Online: Consumer Reports study

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