We frequently hear about these incident but damned if they aren’t creepy every time.
It was 2 a.m. Friday and Daniel Powers woke up to the sound of scratching. He figured it was just his cat lurking around in the bathroom. Instead, he found a rat in his toilet.
While his story might sound far-fetched, officials at Multnomah County Vector Control said they respond to around 20 to 30 calls about rats in toilets every year.
Randy Witten, who owns Nature First Pest Control and has been in the business for 24 years, has scores of stories about rats in customers’ toilets.
He said rain causes older sewer systems to flood, sending the rats into side lines and eventually into homes.
“A lot of times a bigger rat will chase smaller rats—rats eat each other—and the smaller rat will swim up the trap into the home,” Witten said. “Sometimes the homeowner opens the lid and there’s a rat doing the back stroke.”
At least it wasn’t a snake.
I STILL can’t figure out how they manage to swim through pipes without breathing. And, it’s a bit disturbing to know this can happen.