Pittsburgh Makes Orkin’s List Of Most Rat-Infested Cities

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The ‘Burgh has been placed on a list that is…less than appealing.

The Steel City has earned a spot in the top 20 in Orkin’s Rattiest Cities list.

The release highlighted how fall is the start of “rodent season” with cooler temperatures leading rats and mice inside more homes to seek warmth.

“Rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a quarter, while mice can fit through a hole the size of a dime making it crucial to prepare for rodent season, whether or not your city made the list,” John Kane, entomologist and Technical Director of Orkin’s Midwest Region said. “Further, where such holes are absent, rodents can create them through constant chewing.”

Once inside, rats can become a major issue. Rodents reproduce rapidly, chew on wood and electrical wires, and are a food contamination and health threat with the potential to cause serious illnesses.

  1. Chicago
  2. New York
  3. Washington D.C.
  4. Los Angeles
  5. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose
  6. Baltimore
  7. Philadelphia
  8. Minneapolis-St. Paul
  9. Detroit
  10. Denver
  11. Seattle-Tacoma
  12. Boston
  13. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale
  14. Dallas-Ft. Worth
  15. Cleveland
  16. Atlanta
  17. Hartford & New Haven, Conn.
  18. Pittsburgh
  19. Indianapolis
  20. Portland, Ore.
  21. Houston
  22. Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
  23. Milwaukee
  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.
  34. Cincinnati
  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.
  45. Phoenix
  46. Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Fla.
  47. San Diego
  48. Burlington-Plattsburgh, Vt.
  49. Madison, Wis.
  50. Salt Lake City

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