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Two NC areas among worst in US for mosquitoes, company says. How to protect yourself

Two North Carolina metropolitan areas ranked near the top of one list — and the news may make your skin itch.

Charlotte ranked ninth, and Raleigh-Durham took the 10th spot among worst places in the United States for mosquitoes, the pest control company Orkin announced Monday on its website.

Orkin says the cities made the list due to the “number of mosquito customers served from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019” at homes and businesses.

Both Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham moved up from their spots on last year’s rankings, according to the website. Atlanta took the top ranking overall, Orkin said.

The numbers were released weeks before the start of mosquito breeding season, which usually runs July through September, according to Orkin.

Mosquitoes can spread viruses and cause itching, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To stop the pesky bites, people can use repellant, wear clothes that cover their bodies and put screens in their windows and doors, the CDC says.

Residents are also encouraged to get rid of stagnant water, which attracts mosquitoes, according to the North Carolina State University Entomology extension.

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