CHICAGO, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Pest control company Orkin dubbed Chicago the "rattiest" city in the United States, followed by Los Angeles, Washington and New York.
The Atlanta-based company said an analysis of rodent treatments performed by Orkin in 2013 indicates Chicago has the biggest rat problem in the United States, followed by Los Angeles, Washington, New York, and the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose area in California.
"Each city on this list is a major urban area that provides ideal conditions for rats and mice to thrive," said Ron Harrison, an entomologist and Orkin's technical services director. "Commensal rodents depend on humans and their resources to survive, so unless residents and city officials take proactive steps to prevent rodents, infestations can easily get out of hand. It's important to remember that this list is based solely on the number of treatments Orkin performed last year. While your city may not be ranked high on the list, that does not mean you should be any less vigilant."
The rest of the top 20 "rattiest" metropolitan areas cited by Orkin were Seattle-Tacoma, Detroit, Cleveland-Akron-Canton, Baltimore, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Houston, Atlanta, Boston-Manchester, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, Syracuse, Indianapolis, and Charlotte.