Big Apple Ranks as Third Rattiest City in Country, Study Reveals – NBC New York


What to Know

  • A recent study conducted by Orkin set out to determine which United States cities have it worse as far as rats are concerned.
  • Orkin ranked metro regions by the number of new rodent treatments — both residential and commercial — performed from Sept.1, 2019 to Aug. 31, 2020.
  • It turns out — to the surprise of very few — that New York City ranks among the Top 10 Rattiest Cities.

There are some things that go hand in hand with living in a big city like long lines, crowded streets, exorbitant rents and even some pests, including rats.

Although some rodents have had their 15 minutes of fame (here’s looking at you Pizza Rat, Henny Rat and Flood Rat), they can be a major issue in some cities. A recent study conducted by Orkin, a company that provides pest control services, set out to determine which United States cities have it worse as far as rats are concerned.

Orkin ranked metro regions by the number of new rodent treatments — both residential and commercial — performed from Sept.1, 2019 to Aug. 31, 2020.

Joining the likes of infamous rodent celebrities found in the streets of New York (here’s looking at you Pizza Rat, Flood Rat and Millennial Avocado Squirrel), we present to you…Henny Rat! A picture taken of a rat seemingly “passed out” on a sidewalk while holding on to an empty Hennessy liquor bottle was posted on Twitter by Chris Williamson under…

It turns out — to the surprise of very few — that New York City ranks among the Top 10 Rattiest Cities. Specifically, the Big Apple comes in at No. 3 on the list.

Meanwhile, for the sixth consecutive time, the Windy City takes the top spot, followed by Los Angeles. New to the Top 10 this year is Baltimore, taking the eighth spot, and moving into the Top 20 is San Diego, rising 13 spots to secure the No. 19 ranking. 

To see the complete list, click here.

The visibility of rodents has increased this year, creating concern for homeowners and business owners alike, the study reveals. According to Orkin, the pandemic-driven closure of restaurants forced rodents to find new food sources. “Without food waste to consume, these pests have allegedly been seen scavenging new areas and exhibiting unusual or aggressive behavior,” the pest control company said, adding that rodents have become so relevant that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued Rodent Control guidance on ways to keep rats and mice out of homes and businesses.  

Reddit user JacksonCheeseburger captured a soaked rat struggling in floodwaters at the 23rd Street subway station on the downtown 6 platform Tuesday afternoon.





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