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Sacramento climbs on list of most rat-infested cities in America. See where it ranks

Sacramento Bee logo Sacramento Bee 10/26/2021 Theresa Clift, The Sacramento Bee

Oct. 26—The city of Sacramento, which has been topping lists lately for skyrocketing housing prices, is also climbing the rankings on a national list for something else — rats.

The Capital City ranked No. 29 on Orkin's annual list of the top 50 "rattiest" cities in America — up seven spots from last year.

The only other California cities that made the list were Los Angeles (No. 2) and San Francisco (No. 5). Chicago took the top spot for the seventh year in a row.

In 2019, the city exterminated more than 100 rats that had infested a then-vacant River District lot surrounded by homeless encampments. The same year, rats infested the courtyard outside the California EPA building downtown, sparking a heated debate on how to get rid of them.

Pest control company Orkin ranked the cities based on new rodent treatments performed from Sept. 15, 2020 to Sept. 15, 2021, in both residential and commercial buildings, according to a news release.

The closures of restaurants due to the coronavirus pandemic caused rats to find new food sources, including in residences, the release said.

"Without food waste to consume, these pests were seen scavenging new areas and exhibiting unusual or aggressive behavior," the release said.

To prevent rat infestations in homes, Orkin recommends residents keep food stored in sealed metal or glass containers; clean out gutters; keep landscaping trimmed; and inspect inside and outside the home for droppings and signs of burrowing, as well as possible entry points.

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