Thursday, October 23, 2014

The 15 Most Rat-Infested Cities in America

Pest control manufacturer Orkin has released its list of the rattiest cities in the United States.
With the advent of colder weather in the fall, rodents tend to infiltrate households to search for food and to build nests, says Orkin. Rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a quarter; mice need only a dime-sized opening.

 The markets are ranked by Orkin based on the number of rodent treatments the company performed in 2013.

1. Chicago
2. Los Angeles
3. Washington, D.C.-Hagerstown
4. New York
5. San Francisco-Oak-San Jose
6. Seattle-Tacoma
7. Detroit      
8. Cleveland-Akron-Canton
9. Baltimore
10. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale
11. Dallas-Ft. Worth                      
12. Denver          
13. Houston                                      
14. Atlanta            
15. Boston-Manchester                            
16. Minneapolis-St. Paul                                      
17. Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto                  
18. Syracuse                                    
19. Indianapolis                          
20. Charlotte

Orkin recommends the following tips to help prevent rodents around the home:

Regularly inspect the home – inside and outside – for rodent droppings, rub marks or burrows.
Seal all cracks and gaps around utility penetrations larger than 1/4 of an inch, as well as install weather stripping at the bottom of exterior doors.
Trim overgrown branches, plants and bushes near the home, and consider keeping a 2-foot barrier between any landscaping and the home.
Store all food (including pet food) and garbage properly in sealed containers both indoors and outdoors

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