Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Tyler Waldman, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5
Baltimore rose four spots to No. 8 in Orkin’s annual ranking of the top 50 rattiest cities in the world.
This year’s rankings are based on the number of new rodent treatments Orkin has been called upon to perform from Sept. 1, 2019, to Aug. 31, 2020.
It is Baltimore’s first time in the top 10. Chicago earned the dubious honor of topping the list for the sixth straight year.
Charm City does have some regional bragging rights since the city remains four spots behind Washington, D.C., which held steady at No. 4, and Philadelphia, which moved up three spots to No. 7 on Orkin’s list.
The coronavirus outbreak has led to restaurant closures, forcing rodents to seek new food sources and leading the pests to behave in unusual ways. Orkin warns that colder months will lead to an increase in rodent activity and urged Americans to pay attention to things that attract rats and mice.
“Rodents are experts at sniffing out food and shelter, and they’re resilient in their ways to obtain both,” Ben Hottel, an Orkin entomologist, said in a statement. “Residential properties offer the ideal habitat for rodents, and once they’ve settled in, they’re capable of reproducing rapidly and in large quantities.”
Rodents can cause severe structural damage and chew through wires, pipes and gas lines. They can also spread harmful diseases.