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Orkin places Connecticut cities among the nation's 'rattiest'

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Fall is in full swing, which means homeowners are being urged to take precautions to keep rodents out.

It's also the time of year the pest control company Orkin releases its list of the top 50 rattiest cities in the country.

The company grouped Hartford and New Have together and ranked them in the 17th spot on its list.

Chicago, New York and Washington DC topped the list.

Burlington, VT, Madison, WI and Salt Lake City rounded out the bottom end.

See the top 20 here.

Orkin said it compiled the list based on the number of treatments it made in the area between Oct. 1, 2015 and Sept. 30, 2016. It said it counted both residential and commercial treatments.

“Just like we put on a warm coat and turn up the heat indoors, rodents look for a warm place to nest,” said John Kane, entomologist and technical director of Orkin’s midwest region. “Fall evenings as mild as those in the mid-50’s can send rodents indoors to search for warmth, where they can cause hundreds of dollars in damages to homes and businesses."

Orkin released a few tips to help homeowners protect their homes.

  • Inspect both inside and outside the home for rodent droppings, burrows and rub marks along baseboards and walls. The more quickly rodents are detected, the better.
  • Look for possible entry points outside the home and seal cracks and holes if any are found.
  • Install weather strips around entryways, especially under doors, to help block rodents from sneaking inside.
  • Store food properly by keeping it sealed tightly in rodent-proof containers like plastic bins or metal canisters. Otherwise, rodents may smell food and break into weaker containers.
  • Clean up crumbs and spills as soon as they happen to avoid leaving food residue or sugary substances that can attract rodents.
  • Cut back trees and bushes to at least three feet away from homes to avoid giving rodents a “jumping off” point to access the gutters, roof or other hidden openings.

Orkin offered its own website for more tips on rodent prevention here.

Check out the complete list of the rattiest cities here.

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