Rats! Detroit ranks sixth in an annual survey of the 50 worst cities for the vermin.

The survey was conducted by Orkin, the Atlanta-based pest control company. Orkin released its rankings Monday.

The Metro Detroit area's position on the list is up one space from the previous year, the company said. The rankings are based on the number of new rodent treatments Orkin performed in metro regions between Sept. 15, 2017 and Sept. 15, 2018.

“Aside from causing structural damage, rodents can carry hundreds of pathogens that can transmit various diseases and dangerous parasites," Chelle Hartzer, an Orkin entomologist, said in a statement. "Additionally, they constantly leave behind droplets of urine as they travel each day. These droppings can contribute to asthma and allergic reactions, especially in children.”

The company said rodents can be dangerous and difficult to control. Homeowners should contact a trained pest control professional if they suspect an infestation.

The city of Chicago remains in first place in the survey, Orkin said. It's followed by Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Detroit, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Baltimore and Denver in the top 10.

No. 50 in the survey is the Flint area, which fell a spot from 49th last year.

Portland, Maine, saw the largest jump in the survey, rising 19 spots to 34 from 53.

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