Two North Carolina Cities Make The ‘Rattiest” Cities List
If you aren’t a fan of rodents, there are a couple of places in North Carolina you might want to avoid. Two North Carolina cities made the “rattiest’ cities list.
Orkin’s annual list of the rattiest cities is out and the Carolinas are well represented. Charlotte came in 38th. Raleigh was a bit higher with a 32nd-place finish. Both cities moved higher on the list from last year.
Chicago was first on the list followed by New York And Los Angeles. Check out the top 50 here.
PR Newswire says the rodents like to move inside during the colder weather. That means your home is at risk. Here are some signs you might have a rodent problem.
- Droppings: Rodent droppings are often left behind in places where food is stored, such as kitchen cabinets or pantries, under sinks, inside chewed cardboard boxes, along baseboards, and on top of wall beams
- Gnaw marks: Mice are known to bite through walls, wood, and wires. The damage to wiring within walls can increase the risk of a house fire.
- Nests: Rodents prefer to nest in dark, secluded areas where there is little chance of disturbance. Be on the lookout for shredded paper products, cotton, packing materials, and other fabrics, as house mice like to build nests out of these materials.
- Rub marks: Rats tend to leave dark grease or dirt marks along walls and floorboards as they follow a trail throughout the home between their nest and food.
- Strange noises: Scurrying in the walls or in the attic could mean a rodent family is present. Rodents are especially fond of attics as it’s an insulated area for nest building.
These unwanted visitors can be discouraged by not leaving food out. Keeping landscaping clear. Declutter your home. Especially of cardboard boxes. Rodents love to live and chew up a cardboard box.
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