The latest Rattiest Cities ranking is out, and Baltimore remains among the most infested communities. The new list, developed by the exterminator Orkin, said the city falls in the number 9 spot.

As the people who provide rodent treatments, Orkin reps have heard the tales of rats nesting in cars. With their own eyes, they may have even seen the seemingly constant parade of scurrying legs across darkened streets toward the bushes. They may have even read Animal Planet’s determination that we are 3rd among rat cities worldwide. Yet, they remain convinced there are eight cities — like San Francisco, Seattle and even Washington, D.C. — with more rats.

That’s because the cities are ranked based on the number of rodent treatments performed by Orkin. Not only does that mean citizens who sport trash cans on wheels and keep rodents caged for snake food were not included, it also means the rats weren’t even counted.

But Orkin remains equal opportunity, reminding everyone that, “While your city may not be ranked high on the list, that does not mean you should be any less vigilant.”

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.