|Brown rats run around on Pearl Street, in New York's Lower Manhattan neighborhood. (Photo by=Charlie Hamilton James/CNN)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] Chicago “The Windy City” ranked as the rattiest cities in the United States for the sixth year in a row. Orkin, an Atlanta-based pest control service, ranks US cities based on the number of new rodent treatments from September 1 to August 31 of each year.
The result is a list of 50 cities, with the most changing spots each time the list is updated. Chicago, however, is still No. 1. "Rodents are experts at sniffing out food and shelter, and they're resilient in their ways to get both," Ben Hottel, an Orkin entomologist, said in the company's press release. "Residential properties offer the ideal habitat for rodents, and once they've settled in, they're capable of reproducing rapidly and in large numbers."
Efforts to lower the city's rat population was going on for years. Chicago's "war on rats" escalated with the introduction of a new rat taskforce back in 2016. Residents had even begun adopting cats to squash their numbers. The top 10 in Orkin's list were Los Angeles, New York, Washington, DC, San Francisco, Detroit, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Denver, and Minneapolis. Statewide mandates to stay at home and close businesses haven't just affected the human population, according to Orkin. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an entire section on its website devoted to rodent control.