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Research: Philadelphia Worst In Country For Rodent Infestations

Research: Philadelphia Worst In Country For Rodent Infestations


PHILADELPHIA LANDED A TOP SPOT ON A NATIONAL LIST BUT THIS ONE IS NOT MUCH TO BRAG ABOUT. NEW SURVEY FIGURES SHOW THE PHILLY AREA HAS THE MOST RODENTS. YEAH, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT MICE AND RATS. NICOLE BREWER JOINS US NOW WITH THE PESKY DETAILS. HOW BAD IS THIS? IT’S PRETTY GROSS. PRETTY DISGUSTING, GUYS. WE’RE LEARNING THAT NEARLY ONE OUT OF FIVE HOMES THROUGHOUT THE PHILADELPHIA REGION SAY THEY’VE HAD A RODENT PROBLEM IN THE PAST YEAR WHICH MEANS WE HAVE DEALT WITH MORE PESTS IN 2016 THAN ANY OTHER MAJOR METROPOLITAN AREA. SHINING THE SPOTLIGHT ON A PESKY PROBLEM. BLOOMBERG ANALYSIS FINDS THE PHILADELPHIA REGION WORST IN THE COUNTRY FOR RODENT INFESTATION. OOH. WOW. PRETTY DISGUSTING. THAT DOESN’T SOUND GOOD. THE CENSUS DATA RECORDED BITE AMERICAN HOUSING SURVEY SHOWS 18 PERCENT OF HOMES THROUGHOUT THE PHILADELPHIA CAMDEN AND WILMINGTON METRO AREA REPORTED SEEING MICE OR RATS, THE MOST OF ANY CITY STUDIED. THE FACT THAT PHILLY IS THE WORST, YEAH, BAD. THAT’S KIND OF DISTURBING AND I’M WONDERING WHY HERE AND WHAT’S CAUSING IT. GOT EMERGENCY CALLS. RICH FOREMAN A TECHNICIAN FOR DYNAMITE PEST CONTROL WOULD KNOW. HIS FAMILY RUN BUSINESS HAS BEEN REMOVING PEST FROM HOMES IN THE TRI-STATE AREA FOR NEARLY 50 YEARS. HE SAYS NEW CONSTRUCTION STIRRING UP THE ROAD DENT POPULATION UNDER GROUND. 33 NEED SOMEWHERE TO GO SO THEY COME UP ABOVE GROUND AND THEY GO INTO OUR HOMES AND FACILITIES. OH REALLY? OKAY. YOU’RE DISTURBING THEIR HOMES, BUILDING PLACES WHERE WE HADN’T BEFORE. WITH PHILLY TOPS ON THE LIST FOLLOWED BY BOSTON NEW YORK AND D.C., FOREMAN SAYS COLDER CLIMATES COULD BE A FACTOR. THAT’S WHY THEY’RE FINDING OUR HOUSEHOLDS TO BURY THEMSELVES IN. THEN THERE’S THE ISSUE OF SANITATION. TRASH IS A PROBLEM IN THAT A CONGESTED AREA LIKE THE CITY. WHAT CAN WE DO. EMPTY THE TRASH BASKETS OF BASKETS MAKE SURE YOUR TRASH PUT S PUT IN A NICE AND NEAT PILE. ALSO RECOMMENDS SEALING CRACKS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE HOME SOMETHING THAT WOULD DETER RODENTS AND ROACHES CLAW FOUND IN JUST 7 PERCENT OF HOMES IN OUR AREA. LOVELY. THAT’S GOOD NEWS. OH, IS IT? OKAY. [LAUGHTER] SO, I REACHED OUT TO THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT HERE IN PHILLY TO SEE WHAT ROLE IT MIGHT PLAY. A SPOKESPERSON TOLD ME THEY DON’T DEAL WITH MICE BUT DO HAVE A HOTLINE FOR RATS AND WILL SEND OUT A TECHNICIAN FREE OF CHARGE. FIND THAT NUMBER ON OUR WEB SITE CBSPHILLY.COM. I MEAN I-THOUGHT THE ROACH THING AT LEAST IT WASN’T NUMBER ONE. I THINK WE WERE 13TH ON THE LIST FOR THAT. PEOPLE WATCHING AT HOME YOU’RE LOOKING AROUND YOUR HOUSE. I KNOW. I HAD DEALINGS WITH TWO RODENTS IN MY LIFETIME. WILLARD AND BEN. HAVE YOU HEARD OF THEM? [LAUGHTER] NO. UH-UH. OKAY. GOT NOTHING. THAT’S A GOOGLE THING.

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