Chicago, IL, may be known as “The Windy City,” but it looks like they’re also known as the “rattiest” city.

In a new Orkin report, the city ranked number one for having the most rats, and New York ranked number two.

Chicago has earned this title for the eighth year in a row.

“Rodent infestations are among the top pest issues of the fall and winter seasons,” said Ben Hottel, an Orkin entomologist. “Not only are mice and rats a nuisance, but they are known to spread a variety of dangerous diseases, including Salmonella and Hantavirus.”

Los Angeles and D.C. are ranked number three and four, while Denver landed at number 10.

The ranking is based on the “number of new rodent treatments performed from Sept. 1, 2021, to Aug. 31, 2022.”

Take a look at the top 10 cities

  1. Chicago
  2. New York
  3. Los Angeles
  4. Washington D.C.
  5. San Francisco
  6. Philadelphia
  7. Baltimore
  8. Cleveland
  9. Detroit
  10. Denver






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