SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — Orkin, a U.S. company that provides residential and commercial pest control services, released its list of the most rat-infested cities on Thursday.
The list, which includes the top 50 cities, is compiled by the number of new rodent treatments performed from September 2020 to September 2021.
Chicago took the top spot for the seventh straight year, and two California cities made the top five, including a Bay Area city.
The top 10 are as follows:
- Los Angeles
- New York
- washington d.c.
- San Francisco
- philadelphia cream
- Cleveland, Oh.
Other California cities that made the list were San Diego and Sacramento, at No. 17 and No. 29.
New to the list were Portland, Maine and Louisville, Kentucky.
Orkin attributes an increase in rodent visibility to the coronavirus pandemic.
The closure of restaurants forced rodents to find new sources of food. Without food waste to consume, the pests were often seen scavenging new areas.
The presence of rodents has become so relevant that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published Rodent control advice on how to keep rats and mice away from homes and businesses.