Mosquito Protection in 2016: Trends, Scientists’ Opinions and Best Treatment

Why have the American citizens begun to search for mosquito protection online more often? Which states’ residents do fear mosquitoes the most? What kind of treatment hasn’t been approved by the scientists yet? And most importantly, what you can rely on when getting rid of the mosquitoes?

There are only a few days left before the season of blood-sucking insects’ activity is open. Global warming reinforces the urgency of the issue, as due to it the mosquito population increases every decade, and their active breeding season begins earlier. In addition, they actively explore new territories.

According to a scientific study’s findings, the land area the mosquitoes cover will increase from 5% to 16% within the next 20 years. Washington University in St. Louis scientists claim that the residents of the North-East of the USA (including Maine residents) can come across Asian tiger mosquitoes, which used to live in the south only.

Moreover, the lethal Zika virus started spreading again last year, and just like several other deadly diseases, including malaria, encephalitis, yellow fever, Lime’s disease, it is transmitted by mosquitoes. That’s why you’d better prepare to these insects’ attack in advance this year! Unfortunately, there are tons of web sites online which spread irrelevant information on the matter. 

Every year people become more interested in ways of getting rid of mosquitoes

Guides on eliminating the mosquitoes are extremely popular. This is proved by the search statistics. Since 2009 consistent growth of search queries is observed. This growth is correlated with the series of abnormally hot summers in Asia, USA and Europe. The hype around Dengue fever and other mosquito-related diseases also fuelled the interest to the subject. Diagram 1 illustrates the direct relationship between the interest of the population to the Dengue fever and mosquitoes. Something similar could be seen related to the Zika virus in 2015.

By the way, the USA is one of the top 10 countries the residents of which google mosquito-related queries most often. The popular with tourists Asian countries (such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia) as well as the Latin American neighbors of the US (Uruguay and Puerto Rico) make the top of this list. Moreover, the domestic interest in mosquitoes in the USA is growing consistently too as the number of mosquito search queries doubled within the period from 2009 to 2015 in the summer. Diagram 2 illustrates these trends quite clearly. 

Which States’ Residents are Most Worried About the Mosquito Threat?  9 Most Mosquito Suffering States in the USA

We, at, have listed the states which suffer from mosquitoes the most, according to the Google Trends data. The top three are Alaska, Hawaii and Louisiana. It is remarkable that these regions aren’t very much alike: in the north the mosquitoes are attracted by the marshes and lakes, and in the south they are drawn by the warm climate and humid air (just like in Oklahoma and Florida which also suffer from the mosquitoes). Next come Arizona, North Dakota, Arkansas and Michigan. Mosquitoes are least feared in Nevada and West Virginia as two and a half times less queries originate from these areas!

Mosquito repellents queries are considered to be the top ones as there are 28,000 of them per month, followed by 18,100 of natural mosquito repellent and 18,100 of mosquito traps. Among other frequent searches you can find the general mosquito elimination guidelines (8 100 hits per month), DIY traps manuals (6,600) and mosquito repellent plants fact sheet (6,600). The demand for foggers and spray information is slightly weaker (there are only 4,000 – 5,000 monthly searches). The situation is similar with the repellent bracelets and electronic repellent gadgets (1,500 hits per month). Zappers lead among the electronics-related searches, as they are googled 10,000 times per month in average.

The following 5 cities suffered most from mosquitoes in 2015: Atlanta; Chicago; Washington, D.C.; Detroit; Houston. 

The Marketed Apps and Ultrasound Repellents Turned Out to be Dummies!

Search statistics prove that people often believe ads and entrenched word-of-mouth myths. Plants that repel mosquitoes or apps that repel mosquitoes are absolutely naïve searches! Some people still use them and they believe that the peppermint leaves or a mobile app can actually repel mosquitoes. While those who search for mosquito repellent plants could find some scientific recommendations or the advice of experienced gardeners, those who google apps and ultrasonic mosquito repellents will find myth busting only. Don’t think that it is only us who are so conservative! A few years ago BBC conducted own investigation and proved uselessness of the electronic devices against mosquitoes! 

Proven Mosquito Treatment

What is reliable and what methods of getting rid of mosquitoes are effective? always uses scientifically relevant information only. Below you can find a brief review of mosquito treatment effectiveness of which is attested by the scientists.

Use DEET repellent sprays for personal protection. Their effectiveness and safety was proven back in the 20th century. Despite many myths, these products are absolutely safe for people, even for pregnant women and small children. Treat your clothes with permethrin sprays or wear mosquito repellent clothing, just like the troops of the US Army do for over 20 years. Use biological larvicides (b.t.i. bacteria) for killing larvae, and traps, foggers and insecticide will deal with the adult species.

You can find more details on the ways of eliminating mosquitoes based on scientific research in our Complete Guide to the 7 Best Ways to Get Rid of Mosquitoes

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