If you've experienced this, what did you do?
Did the rat go away, or come back?
I have had this random uneasy feeling this week about the possibility of rats in toilets, so I have been making a point of checking before sitting; and then yesterday - there he was - brown, looked almost a foot long, without the tail! What a shocker! He looked back up at me, and I bolted, slamming the toilet seat lid and door behind me.
Fortunately, it was not at my home; it's my MIL's condo that we are helping her rent, and the tenant is supposed to move in next week.
The building management company sent an exterminator out this morning, and there was no rat when he got there. Now what? He thinks there may be faulty plumbing, and that we might want to remove the toilet and make sure everything is as it should be. He said that as long as he's been in the business, he's only had one other call about a rat in a toilet - about 5 years ago, in the neighborhood I live in.
My mother said we had a rat in our toilet when I was a kid, that we would occasionally hear splashing in the toilet, and then once my father actually saw him in there. I have no memory of this, but perhaps that explains my unease...
I'd flush the toilet with the lid closed.
Though I have heard about rats in toilets I have never had one thankfully.
I cant imagine ever experincing that nor would I ever be able to sit comfortably again on a porcilin seat.
|He thinks there may be faulty plumbing|
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One of our bathrooms always smelled terrible and no one could figure out where the awful smell was coming from. They thought for a while that it was the stink pipe outside the window, but it wasn't that. Well, long story short, one day someone opened the door just in time to see the rat jump into the toilet bowl and disappear. Eeeuw!
Apparently the rat lived in the septic tank and would come up the toilet to explore or whatever it is that rats do. Luckily the door to that bathroom was always kept closed because it smelled so bad, so he was always confined to that room.
If I remember correctly, traps were set, the rat was caught, and that was it.
The worst part for them was that the rat hopped out of the toilet and into the house!! THey had to empty out the master bedroom and finally they found the rat hidden in a box and got it out of there. Ick!!!!!
Karin - breastfeeding , cloth diapering: , cosleeping ;, homeschooling , babywearing !, AP Mama to Martin, Ivy Rose, Patrick and Neva , wife to Kevin
So comes up into the toilet via it's home in the sewer--or someone, Mamadona, said septic tank??? We have a septic tank & when I think of rats , I think of city & sewers......not a septic tank out in the country.....I am going to have scary dreams tonight--
What on earth can you do to prevent this? There has to be a break in the pipe somewhere right....and that's where they get in?? so underground--a hole in the pipe--which means sewage would be seeping out too--where the rat sneaks in.....
In my Feng Shui book it stresses keeping toilet seats down for Feng Shui reasons--but now I have a really strong reason--to keep anything that may come up--out!!!