Philadelphia Sees More Rodent Infestations Than Any Other Metropolitan Area In The Country, And This Is Partly Due To The City’s Abundance Terraced Homes
In January of 2017, US Census Bureau data found that homes in Philadelphia see more rodent infestations than homes located in all other cities in the country, even New York City. The American Housing Survey, which is conducted every 2 years, revealed that 18 percent of Philadelphia residents have seen signs of rats and mice within their home. Unlike most cities in the country, the economic status of Philadelphia residents does not play a role in the city’s rodent infestation trends. In fact, households that earn more than 120,000 dollars per year actually see more rodent infestations than poorer households.
While it may not come as a surprise to Philadelphia residents to learn that their city sees a relatively high number of rodent infestations, many find it hard to believe that New York City and Boston did not rank higher on the list. However, pest control experts claim that rodent populations in Philadelphia skyrocketed due to the unusually warm 2016-2017 winter season. The prevalence of terraced homes in the city also plays a role, as rats and mice easily spread from home-to-home through shared walls.
Philadelphia officials have been waging war against urban and suburban rats and mice by ramping up area-wide rodent control campaigns. Not long ago, the Health Department’s Vector Control program hired a 15 member crew to locate and disperse poison within rodent nests in urban areas. The poison is delivered in pellets which prevents rats from converting vitamin K, resulting in fatal blood clots. In order to protect the public, the poison is dispersed one foot below the ground. Unfortunately, many residents have been exacerbating the rodent issue by providing the pests with human food sources in an ill-advised effort to prevent them from foraging further into homes. Pest control professionals state that prevention is the best method to combat rodent pests, which means that garbage should be tightly sealed within proper containers, and exterior entry points on houses should be well-sealed with caulk or another type of reliable sealant. It is also important for homeowners to keep crawl space entries covered with barriers.
Do you live in a home that is particularly vulnerable to rodent infestations? If so, are there measures you can take to prevent infestations?
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