Chicago is the 'rattiest city' in America for the sixth year in a row

  • The Windy City has topped the list of the rattiest cities in the United States for the sixth year in a row.
  • Orkin, an Atlanta-based pest control service, ranks US cities based on the number of new rodent treatments from September 1 to August 31 of each year.
  • Efforts to tame the city's rat population have been going on for years.
  • Chicago's "war on rats" escalated with the introduction of a new rat task force back in 2016.
  • Rounding out the top 10 on Orkin's list were Los Angeles, New York, Washington, DC, San Francisco, Detroit, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Denver and Minneapolis.
  • And Orkin warns that rat activity "will only continue increasing" as rodents began seeking warm shelter as the months get colder.
  • Chicago may not be the only city in trouble.
  • Rankings for other cities on Orkin's "rattiest cities" list can be found on the company's website.

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