America's Most Infested Places
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Rats: New York, New York
These rodents are resourceful creatures, thriving in cities the world over. They can carry pathogens and transfer them to other species -- remember that whole Black Death thing?
While no rat census has ever been conducted, New York did head a list of American cities most at risk for an infestation of these critters according to the Rodent Risk Assessment report conducted by pest management experts Dale E. Kaukeinen and Bruce A. Colvin in 2007. The report takes a number of criteria into consideration, including population density and climate. Actual estimates on the amount of rats in the city vary widely, from the optimistic 256,000 range to the more troubling figure of almost 100 million. Houston was ranked second and Boston came in third.
Killer Bees: Hidalgo, Texas
An Africanized honey bee (a.k.a. killer bee) is on the left, with its friendlier counterpart, the European honey bee on the right. Killer bees are aggressive and like to sting in swarms, often leading to painful and sometimes fatal results.
Characterized by their aggressiveness and tendency to sting in numbers, Africanized Honey Bees are more commonly known by their sinister nickname, "killer bees." They made their U.S. debut in Hidalgo, Texas in 1990 amidst the buzz of paranoid news coverage. The city of Hidalgo decided to embrace the publicity, adopting the nickname of "Killer Bee Capital of the World." Whether Hidalgo does in fact have the highest population of killer bees in the U.S. is unknown, but we'll give them props for taking credit for it.
Allergens: Dayton, Ohio
Seasonal allergies are the bane of allergy-sufferers all over the globe. And when they visit cities with high pollen counts, life becomes terribly uncomfortable.