Call An Exterminator: Michigan Has 3 of The Top 50 Rattiest Cities In America
It's getting colder in Michigan and that means it's time to cave and finally turn on the heat. And while we're enjoying the warmth and the heat as winter approaches we're not the only ones.
Rats are looking for a place to stay warm and that includes inside your family's home. Three cities in Michigan have made a list of the 50 most rat-infested cities in America.
How Did Orkin Come Up With Its Top Rattiest Cities In America List?
Orkin ranked metro regions by the number of new rodent treatments performed from September 1, 2021, to August 31, 2022. This ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.
Why Are Rats So Bad In Your House?
There are four big reasons why you don't want rats in your house according to Tom Cat Brand.
- Rats carry deadly diseases that can contaminate and spread through dust, water, and soil.
- A female can be pregnant 7 times in a year and deliver around 8 pups per litter.
- Rats can forage on almost anything: One study found over 4,000 different items in a single brown rat’s stomach
- A rat’s incisor teeth grow around 5 inches per year. The process of wearing them down also makes them razor sharp, and they chew through on all kinds of hard surfaces, from electrical wires to concrete
Signs You Might Have A Rat Infestation
According to Orkin The most obvious sign of a rat infestation is the presence of dead or living rats. Rats prefer to hide, so if rats are observed in plain sight, it is likely that a full-blown infestation already exists. Some other signs included
- Rat droppings: They can indicate a healthy, feeding rat population
- Dirt or grease marks along walls and floorboards
- Damaged materials and large holes in floorboards and walls are sure signs of infestation. Rat teeth marks are large and rough in appearance.
How To Get Rats Out Of Your House
Orkin has tons of great recommendations for how to keep rats out of your house.
A few recommendations include.
- Store away food
- Maintain your landscaping
- Inspect both inside and outside your home
- Look for possible entry points
For more tips on keeping rats out of your house click here
These Are The Top 50 Rat-Infested Cities In America For 2022
#2 New York
#3 Los Angeles
#4 Washington, D.C.
#5 San Francisco
#8 Cleveland, Oh
#18 San Diego
#24 Portland, OR
#25 Columbus, OH
#27 Kansas City
#30 St. Louis
#31 Grand Rapids
#37 New Orleans
#44 South Bend
#48 Ft. Wayne
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