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(NEXSTAR) – Do you live in a nightmarish rat-infested landscape?

If you live in a big city, the answer is probably yes. But chances are you don’t live in the country more rat-infested nightmare landscape – at least according to the findings of a national pest control company.

This week, Orkin released its 2021 list of America’s “Dirtyest Cities”, which ranks 50 of the nation’s busiest metropolitan areas based on “the number of new rodent treatments” performed in the past year. . Specifically, Orkin studied new rodent treatments performed between September 15, 2020 and September 15, 2021, in residential and commercial properties.

Chicago, a city considered by Orkin to be the “most failed” in the country for a seventh consecutive year, sits in first place in 2021 – and keeps its streak alive.

Los Angeles, New York, Washington, DC and San Francisco completed a top five that remained unchanged from the 2020 list. Baltimore, meanwhile, jumped two spots to 6th, knocking Detroit down to 8th place. and overtaking Philadelphia, whose ranking has remained stable since 2020 in 7th place.

While the ‘grossest cities’ of 2021 remained largely unchanged, many cities on the lower end of the list had moved or clung to each other, like so many rats in a nest. Most notably, Portland, Maine jumped 26 spots to 38th, marking their very first top 50 appearance since Orkin began ranking.

Orkin says the rats themselves were also becoming more unpredictable in their behavior, in part because of the shutdowns caused by COVID.

“The closure of restaurants due to the pandemic has forced rodents to find new sources of food,” read a press release from Orkin this week. “With no food waste to consume, these parasites have been observed cleaning up new areas and exhibiting unusual or aggressive behavior. “

The company further urged apartment owners or residents to remain vigilant in the event of a rodent infestation.

“After a year of resource depletion, residential properties provide the perfect habitat for rodents, and once they have established themselves, they are able to reproduce quickly and in large numbers,” said Ben Hottel, an Orkin entomologist who was quoted in the press release.

Below is a full list of Orkin’s “wackiest towns”, with plus (+) or minus (-) symbols indicating their change from last year’s list:

  1. Chicago
  2. Los Angeles
  3. New York
  4. Washington DC
  5. San Francisco
  6. Baltimore (+2)
  7. Philadelphia cream
  8. Detroit (-2)
  9. Denver
  10. Cleveland (+1)
  11. Seattle (+1)
  12. Minneapolis (-2)
  13. Boston
  14. Indianapolis (+1)
  15. Atlanta (-1)
  16. Pittsburgh (+2)
  17. San Diego (+2)
  18. Houston (-1)
  19. Cincinnati (+3)
  20. Dallas (-4)
  21. Hartford, Connecticut. (+6)
  22. Milwaukee (+2)
  23. Miami (-3)
  24. Portland, Oregon (-1)
  25. Kansas-City (+5)
  26. Columbus, Ohio. (+2)
  27. Norfolk, Virginia. (-2)
  28. Richmond, Virginia. (+5)
  29. Sacramento (+7)
  30. Saint-Louis (+7)
  31. Albany, New York (+7)
  32. Grand Rapids (-3)
  33. New Orleans (-12)
  34. Flint, Michigan. (+8)
  35. Raleigh, North Carolina (-9)
  36. Nashville (-2)
  37. Champaign, Illinois (+2)
  38. Portland, Maine (+26)
  39. Burlington, Virginia. (+8)
  40. Louisville, Kentucky. (+13)
  41. Buffalo, New York
  42. Charlotte (-11)
  43. Phoenix (-11)
  44. Greenville, SC (-9)
  45. Green berry
  46. Syracuse (-2)
  47. Charleston, West Virginia (+4)
  48. Dayton (+1)
  49. Albuquerque (-1)
  50. Tampa (-9)

For more information on how to deter the presence of rodents, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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