The unofficial start to summer is almost here and New York State residents are ready to break out the grill and open the pools! But what about those nasty bugs outback? Why does this seem to be the worst season for bug bites yet?

The forecast calls for a brief, but moderate, cool down for New York State to end this week and the temperatures to get more summer-like by Memorial Day!

However, the wet April that we had here in Western New York and across the Empire State was ideal for mosquitoes to reproduce and grow and there is one town that appears to have the biggest population of mosquitoes than others.

The Town With Most Mosquitoes

According to a report from Orkin, New York City lands in the top 3!

For the third year in a row, Los Angeles edged out all other cities to land the #1 spot on Orkin’s Top 50 Mosquito Cities List. Holding strong for the second consecutive year at number two and three are Chicago and New York, respectively.

Black Fly Season In New York State

What about those black flies that are all up in your face lately? They seem to bite and be gone quickly and leave you itchy and red for days!

According to, we are in the peak season for them.

Black flies typically mate in the late spring or early summer, depending on the latitude. Like mosquitoes, only female black flies bite as they require blood to fertilize their eggs and will suck blood from virtually any warm-blooded creature they can find.

How To Repel Black Flies

For the most part, the black fly season is short. But this year more and more people are complaining about multiple bites and red, itchy skin. The Farmer's Almanac says that there are some natural ways to keep the bugs off. For example:

Some recommended natural repellants include vanilla extract, lavender, and the extract from pine branches — just break open a young branch and rub the moisture from inside on your skin.

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