Oh rats! D.C. named third-most infested city in U.S.

D.C. has been named the third-most rat infested city in the country. Hatchet file photo by Katie Causey.
D.C. has been named the third-most rat infested city in the country. Hatchet file photo.

D.C. residents may have more roommates than they think: The city is the third-most rat infested city in the U.S., according to Orkin exterminators.

Orkin, a pest control company, released a list ranking every major city in the U.S. Monday, based on the number of rodent treatments they completed between fall 2015 to fall 2016.

Chicago topped out the list, followed by New York in second place and D.C. in third. Baltimore comes in at No. 6, right below Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.

The District has held Orkin’s title for third-most rattiest city in the U.S. since 2013. Orkin also named D.C. as the third-most mosquito infested city.

For some locals, this ranking comes as no surprise: Last semester, four students moved out of Francis Scott Key Hall after evidence of rat droppings, and the Foggy Bottom Association organized educational meetings on how to deal with an increasing rat population.

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