For Sixth Year Running, Chicago Dubbed Nation's 'Rattiest City' by Orkin Pest Control

For Sixth Year Running, Chicago Dubbed Nation's 'Rattiest City' by Orkin Pest Control


The City of Chicago has been dubbed America’s “rattiest city” for the sixth consecutive year by pest control company Orkin.

The 119-year-old pest control company rated America’s biggest cities based on the number of rodent treatments performed by its nation-wide army of pest control employees.

“As reported in the spring, the pandemic-driven closure of restaurants forced rodents to find new food sources. Without food waste to consume, these pests were seen scavenging new areas and exhibiting unusual or aggressive behavior,” Orkin noted in its press release.

The company reported that Los Angeles, New York City, Washington DC, and San Francisco fill out the top five worst infested cities.

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The company warns that as the winter months set in, rodent activity will increase inside people’s homes and places of work as the vermin seek the indoors’ warmth and safety. Orkin adds that coronavirus lockdowns may make matters worse for homeowners as

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