We all know New Orleans is home to millions of insects, but America's second buggiest city?
OFF! Insect Repellents ranked the top 50 American metro areas to identify which cities are most affected by mosquitoes and other biting bugs because they say, "With this past winter being the fourth warmest on record and insects emerging to find food earlier in the season than usual," and it's going to be a summer the bugs are going to love.
The survey found Tampa, Fla. to be the buggiest city in America.
Dr. Dale Pollet, and entomologist with the LSU Ag Center says a lot of the bugs in Louisiana are actually imports, coming in with travelers and cargo, and loving our climate. "We got a good environment for a lot of bug population...some of these get brought in, things like bedbugs, cockroaches, termites, ants. And the other thing is, some insects that are brought in from elsewhere don't have natural predators here."
And that, he says, means we have a lot of cockroaches, and a large variety too, including the American, the smoky brown, brown bandit, German and two or three other species he says.
According to the OFF! Buggiest Cities Survey, nearly a quarter of the U.S. population would rather go inside than deal with mosquitoes no matter where they live.