Story highlights Rat complaints are up across the United States Cats, a natural rat enemy, have been put to work in Chicago (CNN)Nevin McCown knows he works a job most guys would envy, so as head brewer at Empirical Brewing, he never minded staying late to close up shop — with one exception. He’d turn off the equipment in the cavernous warehouse in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. He’d be packing up his gear when he’d inevitably look up and realize he had an unwanted guest. Nevin McCown hated losing his brewery’s expensive grain to rats. “There’d be this foot-tall rat just sitting there, staring up at you with it’s face asking, ‘Are you leaving yet? I’m hungry. Can’t you just leave already?'” McCown said with a shiver. “He’d startle us so much we started calling him ‘Jesus,’ because you’d turn the corner and there he’d be — ‘Oh, Jesus.’ ” Empirical Brewing wasn’t the only Chicago establishment praying for better pest control. Read More A ‘highly capable sponge for disease’ For a couple of years in a row, pest control giant Orkin playfully named Chicago the “rattiest” city in the country. But it’s no joke to residents who’ve seen far too… Read full this story
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