I will put my South Carolina Lowcountry swamp skeeters up against any in the nation. The worst I have ever encountered was a boat landing on the North Santee River, literally went temporarily insane running around flailing arms smacking myself in the head while trying to trailer and pull boat out by myself!! It is something I will never forget.I lived in Memphis for a while.. I thought they were bad down there till I went to Alaska. I think they are Alaska's state bird!