By CBSBoston.com Staff

BOSTON (CBS) — Boston area residents are reporting more rodent sightings than just about anywhere else in the United States.

According to the American Housing Survey, the Boston metropolitan area ranks second in the country for most rodent infestations with about 18% of households reporting seeing rodents.

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Rats in Brighton (WBZ-TV)

The national average for rodent sightings is about 12%. Philadelphia barely edged out Boston to take the top spot, and Washington, D.C. rounded out the top three.

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Thinking of moving south to escape infestation? The survey found that southern states are more likely to have roach infestations inside homes.

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CBSBoston.com Staff