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Chicago is the 'rattiest city' in America for the sixth year in a row

October 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Chicago is the six-time holder of a title that no city wants.

(CNN)Chicago is the six-time holder of a title that no city wants.

The Windy City has topped the list of the rattiest cities in the United States for the sixth year in a row.

Orkin, an Atlanta-based pest control service, ranks US cities based on the number of new rodent treatments from September 1 to August 31 of each year.

The result is a list of 50 cities, with most changing spots each time the list is updated.

"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 the company's press release.

Efforts to tame the city's rat population have been going on for years.

Chicago's "war on rats" escalated with the introduction of a new rat task force back in 2016.

"Some jurisdictions have reported an increase in rodent activity as rodents search for new sources of food. "

And Orkin warns that rat activity "will only continue increasing" as rodents began seeking warm shelter as the months get colder.

Chicago may not be the only city in trouble.

Rankings for other cities on Orkin's "rattiest cities" list can be found on the company's website.

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