Baltimore Still on Most Rat-Infested Cities List, But Improving

    Charm City has shown consistent progress in getting off America’s “Rattiest Cities,” the annual report from pest control company Orkin. Baltimore comes in at No. 12 on the company’s 2019 recently-released rankings.

    This is the fifth year that Atlanta-based Orkin has compiled the rankings, which are based on the number of rodent treatments the company performed from Sept. 15, 2018, to Sept. 15, 2019. It includes both residential and commercial treatments.

    Baltimore dropped three slots from last year, when it was ranked ninth; two years ago it was No. 8 and three years ago it was No. 6 on the Orkin list. The city has undertaken several rat control measures, including the issuance of municipal garbage cans to contain waste.

    Residents in Baltimore are a bit touchy about mice after President Trump in late July tweeted that city was a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.” He directed a series of tweets toward the late Baltimore Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D) and derided the city he represented.

    For the fifth year in a row, Chicago was No. 1 on the list.

    Here are the 10 “Rattiest Cities” in the U.S. for 2018, according to Orkin.

    1. Chicago
    2. Los Angeles
    3. New York
    4. Washington, D.C.
    5. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose
    6. Detroit
    7. Cleveland-Akron
    8. Minneapolis-St. Paul
    9. Philadelphia
    10. Atlanta

    Browse the full list of “rattiest cities.”

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