Hold onto your cheese, Michigan. If you're traveling around the state or country, you may want to check your destination, as it could be one of Orkin's 50 most rat-infested cities in the US. Honestly, knowing you MIGHT see a rat is better than not knowing and being surprised by one of these furry disease mini-buses. A whopping 21 million American homes host these furry free-loaders who are always looking for food and shelter each year. Michigan is no exception, with no less than 3 cities making the top 50 list and 1 firmly in the top 10.

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Rats are more than just nuisances that strike fear (and the ability to climb furniture) into many Michiganders. Their powerful little jaws can chew through everything from electrical wires to water pipes and, yes, even gas lines.

How to Spot the Signs You're Living With Rats in Michigan

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Before looking at which 3 Michigan cities made Orkins top 50 most rat-infested cities, let's review the tell-tale signs you are dealing with a furry vermin issue:

  • Droppings: Found in kitchens, under sinks, in pantries, and along baseboards
  • Gnaw Marks: On walls, wood, and wires. Perfect for increasing fire risk in your home
  • Nests: Hidden in dark, undisturbed corners made from shredded paper and fabric
  • Rub Marks: Grease or dirt marks along the walls and floorboards
  • Strange Noises: Scurrying sounds in your attic or in your walls

Of course, the most obvious sign that you have a rat problem is actually seeing a rat. Where there's one, there's more.

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Ready to see which Michigan cities get the most calls for rat problems?

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Check out the gallery of Orkin's Top 50 Most Rat-Infested Cities in the US and see if your town made the list.

The 50 Most Rat Infested Cities in the USA

Each year, the pest control experts at Orkin tally up their residential and commercial calls for extermination or removal to determine which city in the US is crawling with the most rodents. For full methodology, see the link on #1 city in Orkin's Top 50 Rat-Infested Cities in the USA

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America's 50 Most Bed Bug Infested Cities For 2024

The pest control experts have crunched the data from 2023, to determine which is 2024's Most Bed Bug Infested in America. Using residential and commercial call volumes as a benchmark, let's countdown to the itchiest city in the USA.

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The 'Roachiest' Cities in America

Which American city holds the title of the Nation's "Roachiest"? Pestgnome dug into data provided by the Census and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, along with weather data, to rank the Top 25 Roachiest Cities in America.

Gallery Credit: Scott Clow