Francisco and Oakland combined ranked as the fourth “rattiest” cities
nationwide according to recent study
by Orkin Pest Control.
ranked the top 50 cities with the worst rat issues based on the number
of rodent treatments the company performed at each city from Sept. 2016
to Sept. 2017. The ranking includes both residential and commercial
out beat New York as the most rat-infested city in the county — a title
it’s carried for three years, according to Orkin.
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Jones wrote that the US is infested with rats
and, that in cities like Chicago, increased rodent complaints have
prompted city officials to sprinkle rat birth control on the streets.
Francisco has had its own share of rat complaints and has seen a spike
in rat sightings in the last five years. In 2017 alone, 848 calls were
made to 311, San Francisco's official site for information and
complaints in San Francisco have surged over the past five years
California cities to make the list were Los Angeles (3), Sacramento-
Stockton (26) and San Diego (35).
giant invasive rodent with the ability to destroy roads, levees and
wetlands has been discovered in Stanislaus County.
in at 20 pounds and measuring 2 feet, 6 inches long, plus a 12-inch
tail, the nutria live in or near water. They're also incredibly
burrow in dikes, and levees, and road beds, so they weaken
infrastructure, (which is) problematic for flood control systems,”
California Fish and Wildlife spokesperson Peter Tira said.
nutria aren’t burrowing, they’re eating. They can consume 25 percent of
their body weight each day in vegetation, but they waste and destroy 10
2017, more than 20 nutria have been spotted in Stanislaus, Merced and
Fresno counties. However, that number could explode if they aren't dealt
with quickly. Nutria can give birth to up to 200 offspring each year.
have traps out. We’re setting traps. We have trail cameras," Tira said.
"We’re really asking for the public's help to report sightings so we can
get a handle on the extent of the problem."
are native to South America, and they were introduced to California in
1899 for their mink-like fur.
officials believed they were eradicated from the state in 1978 but now
think a colony may have stayed under the radar and only recently
is often mistaken for a beaver or muskrat, but it's identified by its
white whiskers, rounded tail and webbed feet with just one toe free.