Rats in Chicago: Orkin ranks Windy City as the “rattiest” in the US for the seventh straight year, followed by Los Angeles, New York

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CHICAGO (WLS) – Chicago has been dubbed the “Rattiest City” in the United States, according to pest control service Orkin. This is the seventh year in a row that the company has ranked Chicago as the world’s most rat-infested metropolis.

Los Angeles and New York are just behind the Windy City, while Washington DC and San Francisco are on the rise.

Orkin ranked cities by the number of new rodent treatments performed in the last year. The ranking includes both inpatient and commercial treatments.

“During an unprecedented last year, rodent visibility increased, worrying homeowners and business owners alike. The pandemic-related restaurant closures have forced rodents to find new food sources. With no food waste to eat, these pests have been seen foraging new areas and exhibiting unusual or aggressive behavior,” the company said in a press release Wednesday.

RELATED: CDC warns of unusual, aggressive rats because of pandemic

This is what the top 10 looks like:

1.Chicago
2.Los Angeles

3. New York
4. Washington, D.C
5. San Francisco
6. Baltimore
7.Philadelphia
8.Detroit
9. Denver

10. Cleveland

Orkin recommends the following tips to prevent rats and mice in and around the home:

  • Don’t skip any food. Small crumbs and trash are popular food sources, as are dry goods like grains and cereals. These should be kept in sealed metal or glass containers to avoid contamination.

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

  • Don’t let the landscaping run wild. Tall grass with adequate shelter, such as woodpiles near the house, can be an ideal habitat for rodents. Tree branches in contact with homes can also provide rodents with easy access to the upper levels of your home, where they can find a way into the attic.

  • Check both inside and outside your home for rodent droppings, burrows, and signs of abrasion along baseboards and walls. The faster rodents are detected, the better.

  • Look for possible entry points outside of your home and seal cracks and holes if any are found. Install weatherstrips around entrances, especially under doors, to prevent rodents from sneaking in.

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