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Poll Ranks South Florida Area 20th Rattiest City in US

norway-ratYou dirty rat…yooooou dirty rat! We all know the famous phrase. But, did you know though that South Florida (Miami / Fort Lauderdale) ranked as the 20th “rattiest city” in the United States? We bet you didn’t. But you can be sure that there is a problem.

This is all according to a recent poll that was taken by a well-known pest control company.


How Did They Come Up With These Rankings

Metro regions were ranked by the number of new rodent treatments performed from September 2018 – September 2019. This ranking included both residential and commercial treatments.

The Miami-Fort Lauderdale area took the cheese at Number 20 (out of 50). This is actually down three spots from last year’s list but still, ranks the highest of all Florida cities. Orlando ranked 39th, followed by Tampa-St. Petersburg at No. 40.

It is no coincidence, that during the colder months, rodent activity increases as these pests seek shelter in warm areas with readily-available food and water. In fact, according to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), 24 percent of homeowners report mice infestations specifically during winter.

Other Rat Facts

So what city had the most rats? The rattiest city in the country is Chicago. Congrats Chicago! And good for you, you did it for a fifth consecutive year. Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C. followed.

According to the polling, the most common rodent pests in the United States are the house mouse, the Norway rat, and the roof rat.

If you even remotely think that you have a rat or mouse issue, please contact PestDepot.com. The site where you need to go if you are dealing with rodents, termites, or any bugs or insects for that matter.  Yes, this includes snakes as well. We do full home check-ups not only for bugs & insects but for rodents as well. A highly rated Florida company is waiting for your call now so we can get out there and make your home nuisance free.


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