Orkin, the popular pest control company, recently released it’s Top 50 Rattiest Cities list and the findings may surprise you. For those thinking NYC is the rattiest city, guess again!

For the 6th consecutive time, Chi-Town takes the top spot for having the most rodents. A new addition to the list’s top 10 is Baltimore and San Diego has risen to ranking in the top 20. 

Many cities have seen an increase in rodents’ visibility due to the pandemic and closed restaurants forcing rodents to find new sources of food. As a result, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Rodent Control Guide to help owners keep rodents out of their properties. 

So how exactly does Orkin rank these cities? According to the site, “Orkin ranked metro regions by the number of new rodent treatments performed from September 1, 2019 to August 31st, 2020.” The rankings include treatments done to both commercial and residential properties. 

Here are the Top 50 rattiest cities in the U.S. according to Orkin:

  1. Chicago
  2. Los Angeles
  3. New York
  4. Washington, D.C.
  5. San Francisco
  6. Detroit
  7. Philadelphia
  8. Baltimore
  9. Denver
  10. Minneapolis
  11. Cleveland, OH
  12. Seattle
  13. Boston
  14. Atlanta
  15. Indianapolis
  16. Dallas-Fort Worth
  17. Houston
  18. Pittsburgh
  19. San Diego
  20. Miami
  21. New Orleans
  22. Cincinnati
  23. Portland, OR
  24. Milwaukee
  25. Norfolk, VA
  26. Raleigh, NC
  27. Hartford, CT
  28. Columbus, OH
  29. Grand Rapids
  30. Kansas City
  31. Charlotte, NC
  32. Phoenix
  33. Richmond, VA
  34. Nashville
  35. Greenville, SC
  36. Sacramento
  37. St. Louis
  38. Albany, NY
  39. Champaign, IL
  40. Green Bay
  41. Tampa
  42. Flint, MI
  43. Buffalo, NY
  44. Syracuse
  45. Knoxville
  46. Orlando
  47. Burlington, VT
  48. Albuquerque
  49. Dayton
  50. West Palm beach