The Orkin, Atlanta-based Pest Control Service, is based in the U.S. on the number of new rat treatments from September 1 to August 31 each year. The result is a list of 50 cities, with the most changing locations each time the list is updated. Chicago, however, is still No. 1.
Orkin’s top 10 list included Los Angeles, New York, Washington, DC, San Francisco, Detroit, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Denver and Minneapolis.
How epidemics have increased the rat population
According to Orkin, statewide orders for home stays and businesses close to the country have not only affected the human population.
According to the website, “community-wide closures have reduced the amount of food available to rats, especially in commercial areas.” “There has been an increase in rat activity in some jurisdictions as rats search for new sources of food.”
And Orkey warns that rat activity will “only continue to increase” as the rats begin to seek warmer shelter as the months get colder.