Unwanted house guest comes in through the bathroom

We frequently hear about these incident but damned if they aren’t creepy every time.

Portland man finds rat swimming in his toilet.

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.

  7 comments for “Unwanted house guest comes in through the bathroom

  1. Paul
    March 22, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Drain pipes usually run dry when not in use. No swimming required.

  2. Chris Howard
    March 22, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Okay, and I’m just spit ballin’ here, but what if the toilet snakes are following the toilet rats into people’s toilets?

    I don’t why she swallowed the fly…

  3. Brandon
    March 23, 2014 at 6:20 AM

    I don’t think the animals have to go that far completely submerged in water. The pipes from the bottom of the toilet to the sewer are only full of water when the toilet is flushed and are empty the rest of the time. The animal could climb up the sewer pipes to the toilet, climb over the siphon portion of the toilet, swim through the trap portion of the toilet and emerge into the toilet bowl. The only part of this journey in which the animal is completely submerged is the trap portion of the toilet to the bowl and the animal could hold its breath for this fairly short distance. This would not be an easy journey for an animal but is possible for a sufficiently desperate one.

  4. March 23, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    We recently had a camera through our main sewer line looking for a collapsed area, and the pipe is mostly air with only a little bit of water, even after a flushing. The only place there is water is at the very end in the trap. I would be more concerned he has a break some where, where the rat got into the system to begin with.

  5. Alex Murdoch
    March 24, 2014 at 7:10 AM

    Enough with the toilet rats and snakes, what about the privvy badgers?

  6. Chris Howard
    March 24, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    AND The Privvy Badgers just made the “band names” list.

  7. April 4, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    If you are worried about this problem there is a product called Multiflap that deters rats from getting into toilets. More information available at http://www.snake-rat-frog-in-toilet.com

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