Monday, October 27, 2014

Rats on the Westside,
Bedbugs Uptown

Orkin, a pest control company, today released its first list of the top 20 cities for rodent treatments. Chicago topped the list, followed by Los Angeles, Washington and New York.

Midwest cities on the list included Detroit, Cleveland/Akron/Canton and Indianapolis.

The rattiest cities were ranked based on rodent treatments the Atlanta-based Orkin
performed in 2013. The top 10:

1. Chicago
2. Los Angeles
3. Washington/Hagerstown
4. New York
5. San Francisco/Oak/San Jose
6. Seattle/Tacoma
7. Detroit
8. Cleveland/Akron/Canton
9. Baltimore
10. Miami/Fort Lauderdale

Chicago has been on Orkin's pest radar before, snatching the top spot for most bedbug infestations two years in a row. The company compiled a list of cities with the most pest treatments (including ants, bedbugs, rodents and spiders) in 2012, and Chicago crawled to the top of that list as well.

Chicago placed No. 4 in a survey conducted by
cable channel Animal Planet of worst rat cities in the world.

And since 2006, large numbers of filthy rats from Chicago have been documented to have 
migrated from Chicago to Washington, D.C.  
Earlier migrations of deadly rodents went from Chicago to Washington via Little Rock, Arkansas (1970s), then to Chappaqua, N.Y.

Information courtesy, Chicago Business (dot) Com.

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