Terminix Reveals Most Rodent-Infested Cities in America

Terminix Reveals Most Rodent-Infested Cities in America

Los Angeles claims the top spot as the city with the most rodent issues, according to new data from Terminix.

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October 12, 2021

MEMPHIS, Tenn.- As autumn has officially begun and the weather begins to cool, Terminix released a list of the top 50 most rodent-infested cities in America.
 
Terminix released the list in advance of Rodent Awareness Week, as designated by the National Pest Management Association, which runs from October 17–23, 2021. The week aims to raise awareness about rodents by promoting public knowledge of the pests and the dangers they present to home and health.
 
The City of Angels came in at number one, followed by New York City at number two, Philadelphia at number three, San Francisco at number four and Dallas-Ft. Worth at number five. The state of Florida had the most cities on the list with six cities, followed by California with five cities.
 
"As the seasons change and lower temperatures are just around the corner, rats and mice will be looking for warm, safe places to live, including our homes," says Dan Baldwin, director of technical and regulatory services at Terminix. "As pest control experts and industry leaders, Terminix knows how to handle rodent infestations. Our teams understand the biology and behavior of these pests, which can damage homes and potentially spread germs that cause diseases."
 
Terminix based the rankings on the number of requests received for help with rats and/or mice from each city over the past year.* The top 50 cities for rodent infestations in the United States are:
 
1. Los Angeles, Calif.
 
2. New York, N.Y.
 
3. Philadelphia, Pa.
 
4. San Francisco, Calif.
 
5. Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
 
6. Chicago, Ill.
 
7. Washington, D.C.
 
8. Houston, Texas
 
9. Atlanta, Ga.
 
10. Boston, Mass.
 
11. Detroit, Mich.
 
12. Baltimore, Md.
 
13. Cleveland, Ohio
 
14. Tampa, Fla.
 
15. Orlando, Fla.
 
16. Memphis, Tenn.
 
17. Seattle, Wash.
 
18. Sacramento, Calif.
 
19. Cincinnati, Ohio
 
20. Denver, Colo.
 
21. Hartford, Conn.
 
22. Columbus, Ohio
 
23. Miami, Fla.
 
24. Pittsburgh, Pa.
 
25. Indianapolis, Ind.
 
26. San Diego, Calif.
 
27. Minneapolis, Minn.
 
28. Little Rock, Ark.
 
29. Phoenix, Ariz.
 
30. San Antonio, Texas
 
31. West Palm Beach, Fla.
 
32. St. Louis, Mo.
 
33. Nashville, Tenn.
 
34. Birmingham, Ala.
 
35. Honolulu, Hawaii
 
36. Austin, Texas
 
37. Louisville, Ky.
 
38. Mobile, Ala.
 
39. Albany, N.Y.
 
40. Milwaukee, Wis.
 
41. Fresno, Calif.
 
42. Providence, R.I.
 
43. Portland, Ore.
 
44. Jacksonville, Fla.
 
45. Kansas City, Mo.
 
46. Oklahoma City, Okla.
 
47. Shreveport, La.
 
48. Harrisburg, Pa.
 
49. Chattanooga, Tenn.
 

50. Ft. Myers, Fla.

*This ranking was created by compiling rodent-specific data from Terminix branches across the country. The rankings represent Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) with the most leads received between September 1, 2020, and August 31, 2021.