Orkin, an Atlanta-based pest control service, ranks U.S. cities based on the number of new treatments for rodents from September 1 to August 31 each year. The result is a list of 50 cities, with the most regions changing each time the list is updated. Chicago, however, is still # 1.
Among the top ten on Orkin’s list were Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Detroit, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Denver and Minneapolis.
How the epidemic exacerbated the rat population
According to Orkin, statewide mandates to stay home and close businesses didn’t just affect residents.
According to the site, “the closures at the community level have led to a decrease in the food available for rodents, especially in dense commercial areas.” “Some jurisdictions have reported an increase in rodent activity as rodents search for new sources of food.”
Orkin warns that rat activity “will only continue to increase” as the ferrets begin to seek warm shelter as the months cool.