Texas Cities Move Up the List of Cities With Rat Problems

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Every year, pest control company Orkin lists the American cities with the worst rat problems. According to, “Orkin says an average of 21 million homes report a rodent issue each year in the U.S. It only takes a hole the size of a quarter for a rat to squeeze inside, and a hole the size of a dime for mice.” And adds that Fall temperatures are perfect for the little creatures, so people will only start seeing more this time of year.

Orkin’s “Rattiest Cities” list is compiled via information from their work in both commercial and residential properties throughout the U.S. So where do Texas cities rank? Houston has jumped up a spot from last year, moving from the 21st spot to the 20th, but the DFW area made an even bigger leap from 14th to 10th. San Antonio ranks at 37. See the full list that no city wants to rank highly on here.

If you’re worried about rats, Orkin recommends checking your home for tiny holes and entry points from the outside, installing weather strips, and keeping food sealed up tightly. Also, keep trees cut back from your house so rats don’t have a jumping point to make it onto your roof.