50 Rattiest Cities in America Include 4 in New York
It's probably no surprise New York City is one of the rattiest cities in America, coming in second behind Chicago. More surprising is the three other New York places that made Orkin's Top 50 Rattiest Cities.
Albany, Buffalo and Rochester are among the rattiest cities in America, coming in at #26, #29 and #35. Check out the Top 50:
2. New York
3. Washington D.C.
4. Los Angeles
5. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose
8. Minneapolis-St. Paul
13. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale
14. Dallas-Ft. Worth
17. Hartford & New Haven, Conn.
20. Portland, Ore.
22. Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
24. Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, Va.
25. Richmond-Petersburg, Va.
26. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y.
27. Charlotte, N.C.
28. St. Louis
29. Buffalo, N.Y.
30. Kansas City, Mo.
31. Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla.
32. Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, Calif.
33. Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Mich.
35. Rochester, N.Y.
36. West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce, Fla.
37. Columbus, Ohio
38. New Orleans, La.
39. Nashville, Tenn.
40. Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville, S.C.
41. Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, Mich.
42. Albuquerque-Santa Fe, N.M.
43. Portland-Auburn, Maine
44. Green Bay-Appleton, Wis.
46. Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Fla.
47. San Diego
48. Burlington-Plattsburgh, Vt.
49. Madison, Wis.
50. Salt Lake City
Fall is rodent season. “Just like we put on a warm coat and turn up the heat indoors, rodents look for a warm place to nest,” said John Kane, entomologist and Technical Director of Orkin’s Midwest Region. “Rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a quarter, while mice can fit through a hole the size of a dime."
Orkin has tips to avoid rat infestations in your home this winter:
- Inspect both inside and outside the home for rodent droppings, burrows and rub marks along baseboards and walls. The more quickly rodents are detected, the better.
- Look for possible entry points outside the home and seal cracks and holes if any are found.
- Install weather strips around entryways, especially under doors, to help block rodents from sneaking inside.
- Store food properly by keeping it sealed tightly in rodent-proof containers like plastic bins or metal canisters. Otherwise, rodents may smell food and break into weaker containers.
- Clean up crumbs and spills as soon as they happen to avoid leaving food residue or sugary substances that can attract rodents.
- Cut back trees and bushes to at least three feet away from homes to avoid giving rodents a “jumping off” point to access the gutters, roof or other hidden openings.