Chicago is celebrating another milestone—however, it’s not something to be popping the champagne for. For the ninth year in a row, Chicago is the rattiest city in America. Getting the number one on Orkin’s 50 Rattiest Cities in America List. While there are many things to cheer for, like the best new restaurants or the best city in America, this isn’t one of them.
Orkin decided Chicago was the top choice, from ranking metro regions by gathering data based on the number of new rodent services among residents and businesses in each city to determine the demand to treat rodent-related issues. All the data was taken from Sept.1, 2022, to Aug. 31, 2023, and includes both residential and commercial pest control treatments.
Chicagoans can choose to celebrate the occasion because this year, Orkin is releasing a limited-edition t-shirt made available for free while supplies last. The shirt will feature a Top Rattiest City design made specifically for the city, commemorating it as it perseveres in the battle against rodents.
However, all jokes aside, rodents pose a real threat to a rat or mouse infestation before it affects your health. Using tips, such as spotting droppings, gnaw marks, nests, and rub marks, and calling rodent pest control will help you be better equipped to keep rats and mice out.
The top 10 rattiest cities in America
- Los Angeles
- New York City
- Washington D.C.
- San Fransisco
While Chicago is the rattiest city in America, there are still 50 more that make the list. Find the full ranking here.