On October 13, 2020, the pest control company Orkin had released the Top 50 rattiest cities in America and has stated that Chicago tops the list again, making it its Six-times in a row. This is certainly a list that any city must have wanted to avoid or even topped at.
Released A List
There is also a new city that had occupied the eighth spot in the Top 10, which is Baltimore. The Orkin Company had ranked the metro regions by the number of rodent treatments performed from September 1 of 2019 to August 31 of 2020.
According to Newsweek, an Orkin entomologist had said in the previous year’s report that residential areas are the ideal habitat for rodents because of the easy access to food and water sources. These residential areas have a lot of potential entry points and hiding places because rats and mice can squeeze through a small opening, like a quarter or a dime.
The Top 10
Chicago has dominated the first spot six times now. According to Chicago Tribune, the pandemic has forced many restaurants and bars to close as there are many complaints of rats scurrying all around. The most common rat that is found in Chicago is the Norway Rats. This even led to research about rat infection in 2018, and it was found out that the leading cause of this is inadequate rubbish disposal.
Los Angeles maintained the second spot since 2019, and a local high school was forced to shut down as school staff had found a horrific scene of dead rats on the floor, excrements, and rat nests. New York City comes in third, wherein 2 million rats have called New York its city home. The New York DOH has made some pest management approach that serves as preventive measures.
Washington, D.C. has maintained its fourth rank since 2019. The D.C. DOH Rodent Control Division stated that the number of rats has increased and released various reasons, like new constructions, milder winters, or trash not being stored properly. San Francisco ranks fifth, wherein a 2019 report was made stating the possible reason for the increase of rodents, such as local government banning specific rodent-control methods, homelessness, and unsanitary conditions.
Ranking in sixth is Detroit, followed by Philadelphia in Seventh place. Baltimore broke into the top 10 and placed in the eighth rank for the first time. Denver comes in ninth place while Minneapolis places tenth.