Loop ranked Chicago's rattiest neighborhood

October 26, 2010 10:23:24 AM PDT
Chicago's downtown area is apparently the "rattiest" neighborhood in the city based on a poll by rodent control brand d-CON.

The poll asked hundreds of Chicago residents about the frequency of rat sightings in their homes and neighborhoods along with their reactions to rodents.

Forty-three percent of the people polled said Chicago's Loop was the worst for unwanted pests.

The Loop was followed by the South Loop. The Lakeview-Wrigleyville neighborhood was No. 3.

According to Sentient Decision Science, LLC, who conducted the d-CON poll, the following neighborhoods are perceived to be the top rodent neighborhoods in Chicago:

1. Loop (43%)
2. South Loop (32%)
3. Lakeview/Wrigleyville (23%)
4. Lincoln Park (21%)
5. West Loop (20%)
6. Logan Square/Bucktown (19%)
7. Rogers Park (16%)
8. Old Town (14%)
9. Hyde Park/Kenwood (13%)
10. Uptown (12%)
11. Ukrainian Village (11%)
12. Gold Coast/River North (11%)
13. Wickerpark (10%)
14. Streeterville (8%)
15. Buena Park (7%)
16. Edgewater (6%)
17. Andersonville (6%)
18. Roscoe Village/St. Bens (6%)
19. Ravenswood (6%)
20. North Center (4%)
21. Lincoln Square (3%)

Additional survey findings:

  • With 21% of the vote, a rat is the pest respondents in Chicago would second most fear seeing in their home, preceded by roaches (23%) and followed by snakes (15%)
  • Respondents said if they saw a mouse in their home, their first reaction would be to try to catch it (23%), set mouse traps (20%) or scream (18%)
  • 62% of respondents have encountered a mouse or a rat in their home at least once
  • Chicago residents are second most likely to report seeing a rat in the neighborhood where they live at least once a month (9%), compared to New York City (12%), Atlanta (5%) and Boston (5%)

For more information about the survey results, please visit www.d-conproducts.com.