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    Bay Area Cities on ‘Rattiest’ Cities List

    It turns out in San Francisco and Oakland, rat infestation is a problem. According to data from Orkin, both cities climbed to the fourth spot on the list of "Top 50 Rattiest Cities" in America. Chicago, New York and Los Angeles took the top three spots, respectively. Sacramento and San Diego also made the list, but San Jose did not.

    (Published Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017)

    If the thought of a rat scampering across the ground makes your skin crawl, San Francisco or Oakland might not be the place for you.

    The two Bay Area cities are ranked No. 4 on Orkin's top-50 "rattiest" regions list.

    Orkin compiled the list by tallying the amount of times company workers responded to a rodent treatment call in a given city between September 2016 and September 2017. Chicago topped that list, followed by New York and Los Angeles, respectively.

    Fall marks the beginning of rodent season, according to Orkin. The cooler temperatures prompt rats and mice to scurry indoors as they seek shelter from the elements.

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