Of all the unwelcome pests to have in your home, rats are one of the worst. Though they are commonly found in small nooks and crannies like walls, ceilings, and attics, they may also be found in an unlikely spot: your toilet. While this is not extremely common, it does happen and according to rodent control in Washington DC, they receive a few complaints a year about it. So how can a rat make its way to your toilet anyhow?
First, the rat must sneak into the sewers. Although, this isn’t a difficult task. Rats can easily make their way to the sewers through grates or manhole covers open to the street. Rats then may be tempted to explore the residential sewer pipes that feed into the main tunnel. Getting through the maze-like toilet pipes is the hardest part of the trek, but with the rodents’ powerful survival instinct and their ability to squirm through extremely small spaces, they have a fighting chance of surviving the expedition.
Still, how do they get through all that water? National Geographic describes rats as great swimmers with excellent stamina that can tread water for 3 days straight. Rats use their back legs to swim and their front legs to steer, also using their tail to help them along the way. The rodent can also hold their breath for up to three minutes, giving them time to find pockets of air in the U-shaped bend of the toilet pipes.
Good news is, you aren’t likely to see a rat in your toilet anytime soon. Animal Control experts say this is usually an uncommon occurrence. However, your home may still be susceptible to traditional rodent infestations. In the cold winter months, rats are known to enter homes in search of warmth and food.
With rodents can come safety hazards, electrical wire damage, and even disease. The hantavirus can be spread from rats to humans through exposure to rodent urine, feces, or bites. Catching the virus may result in acquiring the hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS), a potentially fatal respiratory illness that causes difficulty breathing.
To protect you and your family from the risk of HPS, it is best to hire a professional when you suspect rodents have infested your home. Call us today and put your trust in Connor’s Pest Control to protect your home from these unwanted visitors.