Metro Denver Amongst Areas With Most Rats: Report

DENVER – The Denver metropolitan area is one of the 50 “craziest” in America. It was featured in Orkin’s latest annual report on the number of new rodent treatments in various urban areas across the country.

Rodent visibility increased during the coronavirus pandemic when restaurant closings sent rodents to new areas to forage, the Atlanta-based pest control company announced in its ranking release last week.

Orkin didn’t come up with specific year-on-year numbers, but the increase in rodent visibility is linked to the pandemic, said Ben Hottel, Orkin technical services director.

“The pandemic-related restaurant closings forced rodents to find new sources of food, increasing their visibility across the country,” Hottel said in a statement to Patch. “With no restaurant scraps to eat, they started searching new areas, often in shared apartments that were still producing food waste.”

The Denver metropolitan area was ranked 9th on the list Orkin performed based on the number of new treatments for rodents in residential and commercial areas from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020.

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The five “rattest cities” – Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, DC, and San Francisco – have remained unchanged since the same study the company published in 2019.

Detroit, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Denver, and Minneapolis completed the top 10. Since Orkin began the study in 2015, Chicago has been in the top spot every year.

Hottel said rodents are “experts” at sniffing out food and shelter, “and they are resilient in their way of obtaining both”.

“Residential plots provide the ideal habitat for rodents, and once they have settled in, they can reproduce quickly and in large numbers.”

Orkin shared these five tips on how to best keep rats and mice out of the house.

  • Don’t skip food. Small crumbs and trash are popular sources of food, as are dry goods like grains and grains. These should be kept in sealed metal or glass containers to avoid contamination.
  • Avoid cluttered spaces. Cardboard objects prove to be attractive to rodents, which they like to chew up for use in nests. Use your extra time at home to clean and organize crowded spaces in the house.
  • Don’t let landscaping run wild. Tall grass with adequate housing, such as piles of wood next to the house, can be ideal habitats for rodents. Branches that come into contact with houses can also provide rodents with easy access to the upper levels of your home where they can find a way into the attic.
  • Examine both inside and outside your home for rodent droppings, burrows, and scuff marks along baseboards and walls. The faster rodents are recognized, the better.
  • Look for possible entry points outside your home and seal up cracks and holes if there are any. Install weather strips around entrances, especially under doors, to prevent rodents from sneaking in.

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