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Oh, rats: Chicago tops rodent-treatment list

The city proves to be attractive to visitors again and again, though this time, to unwelcome guests.

Orkin, a pest control company, today released its first list of the top 20 cities for rodent treatments. Chicago topped the list, followed by Los Angeles, Washington and New York.

Midwest cities on the list included Detroit, Cleveland/Akron/Canton and Indianapolis.

The rattiest cities were ranked based on rodent treatments the Atlanta-based Orkin performed in 2013. The top 10:

1. Chicago
2. Los Angeles
3. Washington/Hagerstown
4. New York
5. San Francisco/Oak/San Jose
6. Seattle/Tacoma
7. Detroit
8. Cleveland/Akron/Canton
9. Baltimore
10. Miami/Fort Lauderdale

Chicago has been on Orkin's pest radar before, snatching the top spot for most bedbug infestations two years in a row. The company compiled a list of cities with the most pest treatments (including ants, bedbugs, rodents and spiders) in 2012, and Chicago crawled to the top of that list as well.

Chicago placed No. 4 in a survey conducted by cable channel Animal Planet of worst rat cities in the world.

The city recognized the high volume of rodent infestation in March, when Ald. Bob Fioretti, 2nd, proposed the city use a bait that causes sterilization in female rodents. A representative of the Department of Streets and Sanitation said at the time that a rodent-baiting pilot was launched to combat the issue. The department could not be reached for comment today.

And just for fun, here's the top 10 list for the world.

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