New York rats come in 2nd to Windy City's
CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago was dubbed the "rattiest" city in the U.S. for the eighth consecutive year, according to Orkin.
New York beat out Los Angeles for the No. 2 ranking, and Hartford, Connecticut and Miami broke into the top 20, according to the list released Monday.
Orkin ranked metro regions by the number of new rodent treatments performed from Sept. 1, 2021, to Aug. 31, 2022. This ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.
Each fall, mice and other rodents invade an estimated 21 million homes in the United States, Orkin said. They typically enter homes between October and February looking for food, water and shelter from the cold. And, unique to previous years, with the influx of outdoor dining structures brought on by the COVID pandemic, rodents have found the perfect place to dine, live and multiply, Orkin said.
"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."
Here is how the top 10 looks:
2. New York
3. Los Angeles
4. Washington, D.C.
5. San Francisco
Orkin recommends the following tips to help prevent rats and mice in and around the home: