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or decks and other areas of property - squirrel removal from attics and
soffits of houses - rodent, rat and mouse removal inside buildings and homes
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- Animal In The Attic - How to Get Animals Out of the Attic
- How to Get Squirrels Out of the Attic
- How to Get Raccoons Out of the Attic
- How to Get Rid of Raccoons in the House, Yard, Tree, Roof
- Rats In The Attic - How to Get Rats Out of the Attic
- Bats In The Attic - How to Get Bats Out of the Attic
- Opossum In The Attic - How to Get Possums Out of the Attic
- Attic Restoration
- Bat Exclusion From Roof and How to Catch a Bat
- Squirrel Trapping using a One Way Door
- Noises in the Attic at Night and Bad Smell in House from Animal
- How to Trap a Rat humanely, and How to Kill a Rat
- Mouse removal and How to Get Rid of Mice in the Attic
- How to Trap an Armadillo guide, and info on Armadillo Repellent
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Most recent featured article: Rats in the toilet.
Yes, rats can enter your house through the plumbing pipes, and then up through your toilet bowl. It is not common, but it does happen. Imagine opening the toilet lid, and seeing a fat brown rat sitting there! I get emails about this very
scenario from time to time. Most commonly it's the Norway Rat, or Brown Rat, which prefer underground urban areas, sewers, and enter the plumbing system. These rats are great climbers and can hold their breath to get through the p trap and other waterlogged
areas. If you have a grate or valve installed on your plumbing outflow, you are not at risk.
You might think that you can flush a rat down the toilet, but it'd be more likely to jump out than get flushed down. Once inside the house, you've got to trap the rat, or hope your pet cat will get it, because it won't go back down the toilet water. If you
see your toilet paper being eaten at night, maybe a rat is doing it, but it probably didn't come up through the commode. Some people think you can prevent a rat in this situation with a toilet guard. I've got to be honest though, rats in the toilet are very rare.
It's certainly not something that would keep me up at night! But read below for a couple of email examples I've received about rats in the toilet bowl in NYC, London, and other areas.
Example: Hi David, Came across your web page and thought i would ask you some rat advice. We bought our home 2 years ago and we renovated for 2 months, so no one lived here for those two months. When we moved in, maybe about a week into living here, our bedroom bathroom had a rat in the toilet. I was in there cleaning, heard water splashes in the toilet and bam a rat, after about 30 flushes it went back down and we never saw a rat around again. Today, I'm walking down my hallway, I hear splash in the hallway bathroom toilet and there I see the rat peaking its head out. I close the lid and again I flushed it about 20 times. Currently waiting for the boyfriend to get home from work to handle the rest.
What is your advice? We have a 3 year old daughter who constantly is using the restroom on her own, and it makes me sad that I now feel like I have to a toilet check before we let her use it. Do we have a rat problem? Plumbing problem?
What to do about a rat in the toilet? Install vents on your plumbing stacks. Install a valve or screen on your plumbing outflow before it enters the sewer pipes. Keep the toilet seat and lid closed, and if you see one, slam it shut and call a pro!
rats in the toilet.