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post #41 of 56
It sounds like you'd be safe if you had a septic tank.
post #42 of 56
What about if the toilet is on the second floor?
post #43 of 56

Mice

We've had issues with mice. We lived in an old townhouse with hollow walls. Rat poison was the preferred method of control in the area. The houses were connected and if you didn't put out poison your neighbours would.

My understanding is the rat poison makes mice and rats thirsty. We tended to find the dead or dying mice near water. We never found one in the toilet, but a disproportionate number were in or near the second floor bathroom or near the laundry tub in the basement.

My vote is that the mouse climbed into the toilet.

PS : I've been afraid to read this thread, but curiosity eventually got the better of me.
post #44 of 56
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What about if the toilet is on the second floor?
Sorry, not high enough. What prompted the plumber to tell dh about rats climbing through sewer pipes was yet another early morning call about a rat in a toilet, this time the toilet of a second floor apartment building.
post #45 of 56
Ever since reading this thread, I make sure to look in the toilet before I use it. Even at night, I flick the light on for a sec to check.
post #46 of 56
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Ever since reading this thread, I make sure to look in the toilet before I use it. Even at night, I flick the light on for a sec to check.
Oh, we should design and market toilet seats with a soft glowing light shining into the bowl! It would also be helpful for those times when the guys don't put down the seats...

Oh here's something similar already...http://www.johnny-light.com/
post #47 of 56
We have a policy in our house that everyone closes the toilet all the way. That way nothing will fall in, and dirty water will not be evaporating and floating all over. They say you should close the lid before flushing anyway, to prevent drips from being propelled into the room. So that is what we do. Close it all the way then flush. Then everyone, male and female alike, have to open it when they need to use it and close it when they are done.
post #48 of 56
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Originally Posted by Lady Lilya View Post
We have a policy in our house that everyone closes the toilet all the way. That way nothing will fall in, and dirty water will not be evaporating and floating all over. They say you should close the lid before flushing anyway, to prevent drips from being propelled into the room. So that is what we do. Close it all the way then flush. Then everyone, male and female alike, have to open it when they need to use it and close it when they are done.
We do the same thing. When I was about 12 or so, something glass fell into the toilet bowl, broke, and clogged it up. Ever since then, the rule was "lid down" and I taught that to my kids.
post #49 of 56
yeah rodents will come near you while you sleep. when i was preg with ds2 I woke up to a mouse squeaking cause it got caught in my really long hair. it was horrible! it was dark and i had to get it unstuck but didn't want it down the back of my shirt either then i didn't know where it went.I then found it next to the mattress on the platform that holds the mattress right near sleeping ds1. i couldn't sleep in the bed for a week and I totally booby trapped the bed with mousetraps,peppermint oil etc. I still had a hard time falling asleep for a long long time every tug on my hair by sleeping fingers or a baby twitching I was like ahh a mouse! lights! lights!
post #50 of 56
For sure, farmergirl. It's freaky.
post #51 of 56
Random, growing up we had a long mirror along the wall behind the toilet and sink, and it had a ledge at the bottom. The ideal place for keeping hair brushes. All it took was one time that one fell into the toilet, and it became the rule forever to keep it closed.
post #52 of 56
Yep, Lady Lilya, I can identify with that.
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post #54 of 56
When my mom was a kid, she slept on the upper floor of a 2-story house. There were rats (not mice) in the attic and they would crawl along the beams that made up the division between attic and the top floor. No ceiling between the two.

Anyway, when they got hungry enough, the rats would literally jump down from the attic beams into the kids beds and sometimes take a chomp... mom has a scar on her toe from where a rat tried to eat her.

Personally, I'd be setting out rat traps, but be careful where you put them. I found an old rat trap when I was little and set it.. and later I accidentally stepped on it and broke my foot.

--K
post #55 of 56
Time to get cats.
post #56 of 56
I have something new to obsessively worry about--rats in the toilet. That must have been so awful. When I was in college, I lived in a tiny bungalow complete with rats. One ran RIGHT on top my bare feet one night when I was standing on the back porch (I was blocking his exit apparently), and I've never been the same since. Shivers.


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