RATS! Here's a list you don't ever want to find your city on!

Philadelphia is a pretty rat-infested city. In fact, it's been identified as one of the most rat-infested cities in the United States, according to a study.

Orkin, one of the foremost authorities in pest control with over 120 years in business, ha once again produced a list of The Top 50 Rattiest Cities in the U.S., and in 2023, Philadelphia made the Top 10.... again!

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They ranked metro areas by the number of new rodent treatments performed from Sept.1, 2022, to Aug. 31, 2023. - both residential and commercial treatments.

There's more bad news. Philadelphia is even rattier than last year compared to other major cities. Last year, Philly ranked at #7 in the 2022's Top 50 Rattiest Cities. Guess where Philly's ranked this year?

Philadelphia is the 6th Rattiest City in the U.S.

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Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash

This year, Philadelphia inched its way up the list; It's now the 6th rattiest city in 2023, according to Orkin's findings.

But hey, at least it's not as bad as Chicago. They've once again ranked #1 for the 9th consecutive year!

But wait! There's MORE bad news!

Philly isn't the only Pennsylvania city among the rattiest  this year. Pittsburgh made the Top 20, ranking in at #16.

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Photo by Tyler Rutherford on Unsplash

Here are the Top 20 for 2023:

  1. Chicago
  2. Los Angeles
  3. New York
  4. Washington, DC
  5. San Francisco
  6. Philadelphia
  7. Baltimore
  8. Denver
  9. Detroit
  10. Cleveland-Akron
  11. Minneapolis - St. Paul
  12. Seattle
  13. Boston
  14. Atlanta
  15. Indianapolis
  16. Pittsburgh
  17. Hartford
  18. Columbus, OH
  19. Miama-Ft. Lauderdale
  20. Houston

If you want to avoid rat infestation, Orkin recommends you take proper precautions so as not to attract the invasive pests.

  • Store food away and clean up crumbs and trash
  • Declutter so they don't have material to chew up and use for their nests
  • Maintain your landscaping so they don't have places to hide and made nests
  • Keep an eye out for rodent droppings, burrows and rub marks along your baseboards and walls
  • Keep a look out for possible entry points into your home.
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If you live in Philly or Pittsburgh, let us know if you ever had a rat/rodent problem in your house/apartment, and how bad it got. You're definitely not alone!

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