Here are the top three Michigan cities with bad rat problems

The only time I want to see a rat in a kitchen is when I’m watching ratatouille

If you live in any of these three Michigan cities, chances are you will see a rat.

Orkin published its Top 50 Ratest Cities List and three of the top 50 cities were in Michigan.

The highest spot on the list was Detroit at number 8
which is actually an improvement. The year before, Motor City came in at # 6.

On the west side of the state, Grand Rapids came in at number 32
the year before Grand Rapids was # 29.

To round out the top 3 chicest cities in Michigan, let’s head back to Flint on the east side.
The Vehicle City moved up eight places on the list from # 41 to # 34.

Orkin ranked metropolitan areas based on the number of new rodent treatments performed from September 15, 2020 to September 15, 2021. This ranking includes both private and commercial treatments.

“When people resume their normal activities, the availability of food will increase,” says Ben Hottel, an orkin entomologist. “Rodents are experts at sniffing out food and shelter, and they are resilient in their way of procuring both. After a year of exhausted resources, residential properties are the ideal habitat for rodents, and once they have settled in, they can reproduce quickly and in large numbers. “

Rodents, with their strong jaws and digging abilities, are known to cause severe structural damage. They have oversized front teeth that can gnaw on a variety of objects, including electrical wires, water pipes, and gas pipes. “Unfortunately, rodents can cause a lot of damage in and around houses,” said Hottel.

To help residents avoid the potential health and safety risks associated with rodents, Orkin recommends the following tips to help prevent rats and mice in and around the home:

  • Keep food out of the way.

    Small crumbs and trash are popular sources of food, as are dry goods like grains and grains. These should be kept in sealed metal or glass containers to avoid contamination.

  • Clean up the clutter.

    Cardboard objects prove attractive to rodents as they tend to chew them up for their nests. Use your extra time at home to clean and organize crowded spaces in the house.

  • Don’t let landscaping run wild.

    Tall grass with adequate housing, such as piles of wood next to the house, can be ideal habitats for rodents.

  • Check both inside and outside your home.

    The main things to look out for are rodent droppings, burrows, and chafe marks along baseboards and walls. The faster rodents are recognized, the better.

  • Look for possible entry points.

    Look for access outside of your home and seal up cracks and holes. Install weather strips around entrances, especially under doors, to prevent rodents from sneaking in.

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