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Eek! There's a Rat in My Toilet!

Updated on December 27, 2015

A Rat in the Toilet

Dead rat in the toilet
Dead rat in the toilet | Source

A rat coming up the toilet - An urban legend?

I had heard stories of rats coming up toilets but always dismissed them as just an urban legend. That was until the morning I lifted the lid on one of our toilets to well.....here is the photo. I decided to call him Willard.

I'm not normally afraid of encountering wild creatures and don't have any phobias about snakes or spiders, but when I lifted the lid and found Willard dead in the toilet it caught me by surprise and I screamed like a little girl!

Fortunately for me (but unfortunately for Willard) he was deceased when I found him.

I did a little research and discovered that other people have found surprises when they looked in their toilets, too. On this page I'm sharing what I learned and what you can do to prevent rats and other creatures from getting into your toilet.

Hey, at least you can see by the photo that we keep our toilet clean!

(All photos by the author, Vicki Green - PNW Travels, unless otherwise credited)

Am I the only one to find a rat in my toilet? - Or Have You Found a Rat in Your Toilet, too?

Have you ever found a rat in your toilet?

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Here's another rat in the toilet - and this one is alive!

Why do we think rats are creepy?

What is it about rats?

Rats are members of the rodent family and have many relatives that we think of as cute and cuddly like squirrels, beavers, guinea pigs, porcupines and chipmunks. Even their nearest cousin, the mouse doesn't arouse the same level of disgust and fear. Could it possibly be because of the scary movies we've all seen that involve rats?

How do rats get in the toilet

An illustration of how a rat gets into the toilet
An illustration of how a rat gets into the toilet

So how do rats get in to the toilet?

Rats usually come up from the sewer

Rats get up into toilets by following the scent of food washed down drains from your home to the sewer system. While searching for food they can climb up through your home's sewer pipe that connects to the sewer. Unable to reach the kitchen sink they can come up into the toilet bowl. They can also descend from your roof through your sewer pipe vent and fall down into your plumbing.

Another Rat in the Toilet

Rat in toilet
Rat in toilet | Source

What to do if you find a rat in your toilet?

Here are some suggestions for getting rid of a rat in your toilet

If the rat is deceased you can simply scoop it out with a net, small bucket or other container and bury it or dispose of it in the garbage. If it is still alive it poses a challenge. You have a several choices:

1, Keep the lid down on the toilet until it either finds it's way back down the drain or drowns

2. Flush it back down the drain! Reportedly the best way to do this is to squirt a little dishwashing liquid under the lid into the bowl wait a couple of minutes then flush. Supposedly the detergent helps to break the surface tension on the water and make the rat more slippery to help make it more likely to go down the drain

3. Call a pest control expert to remove the rat from the toilet

Whatever you do, try to prevent it from jumping out of the toilet into your home!


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What to do if a live rat is loose in your house?

If a rat takes up residence in your home you can either seek professional help from a pest control company or you can try trapping the rat yourself. I prefer to use non-lethal methods like Havahart traps to remove animals from my home and outbuildings. For those who prefer more lethal outcomes there are also many other traps available that will kill rats. I would caution against using poisons since they can be ingested by children, pets or other non-targeted species. Many people don't realize that if their pet or a predator species like an owl eats a rat that has eaten poison, the poison is still effective and can cause injury or death to them, too.

What could be worse than finding a rat in the toilet?

How to Help Keep Rats and Other Critters Out of Your Toilet

Some Preventative Measures

*Keep your kitchen sink rinsed clean and use garbage disposals as little as possible.

*Rinse out your kitchen sink drain at least once or twice a month using either 1 cup of bleach or, as an alternative to using bleach, 1 cup of baking soda followed by 1 cup of vinegar and rinse with boiling water.

*Never pour grease down the drain.

*Keep the toilet lid shut to prevent any unwanted visitors who come up the toilet from getting loose in your home

*There are products that can be installed in your toilet that have a one-way valve or flap that prevents anything from coming up from the sewer into your toilet


Pet Rats

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Domesticated Rats make great pets!

They just have bad PR!

Despite their bad public relations image, domesticated rats make excellent pets. They are not aggressive, diseased or dirty animals.

Rats as pets are very clean, social and fun. They are very intelligent and can be taught to use a litter box and to do simple tricks, such as stay and sit and will often learn their name. Rats will often develop a connection with their owner, becoming very affectionate and wanting daily attention. They also enjoy playing and snuggling with their owners.


© 2010 Vicki Green

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Eek is right! I don't think I'll ever sit on a toilet again without looking in it first. Angel Blessings :)

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      clouda9 lm 7 years ago

      OMG! If I found a rat in my toilet or anywhere else for that matter...I'd have screamed AND fainted!

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      It's too much to hope that the guys in my household will keep the seat down. We've never had a rat in the toilet, but there was one living in our brand new washer and it caused $500 in damage. Who knew plastic hoses could be so tasty? He lived to tell, but our cats catch most anything else that finds a way into the house.

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      I'd heard of this and asked my plumber. He said he'd experienced it first-hand (but it was a frog) and knew of it happening.

      I found a product that can be installed and wrote an article about it: http://www.ehow.com/how_5168869_keep-rats-snakes-o...

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      Vicki Green 7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @Virginia Allain: Thanks for visiting my lens and for the information about SRVBs!

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      Foxph 7 years ago

      We have a blog post about this subject especially since the odd weather this year has made the problem worse. There are some prevention tips in the post and video on our Seattle Plumbing Blog will help keep them from being attracted to your drains and toilet.

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      Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      When I was a kid, this urban legend definitely got around. I guess it's true! I'll look every time before I sit now.

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      awakeningwellness 6 years ago

      I think I am afraid to use the toilet now!

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      Joan Hall 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      A creepy but terrific lens. I had never even heard of this before. You have been Angel blessed.

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love rats, but the thought of a wild one in my toilet is just scary! I always keep the lid down because of the cats anyway, but this lens gives one food for thought about garbage disposal! Sprinkled with some angeldust from me too :)

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 6 years ago from Central Florida

      GROSS!!!! Even still, this lens has been blessed again, this time by me.

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      Joan Hall 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      @joanhall: Just letting you know that your lens is now featured on my "SquidAngel At Your Service" lens.

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @joanhall: Thank you!

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      Joan4 6 years ago

      A few years ago this happened twice in our town -- and that's twice within my circle of friends and family! What a terrifying thing! and yes, I always check before I sit!

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      Kate Loving Shenk 6 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Rats are beautiful. Even when they invade your house. And they are destructive. But they thrive on disorder. And in the country. I am terrified of them though. Wish I had a big Cat! Even so, haven't seen one in several years.

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      tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

      We loved our pet rats! But I would be creeped out to find a wild one, alive or dead, in my toilet! I never have, but I did once find a soaking wet bat curled up in our bathtub. I don't know if he came up the tub drain, or got wet another way, but my dad managed to catch him in a colander and get him outside.

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      Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

      My first response -- oh yuck, oh yuck! Especially the video with the snake in the toilet! I always thought that rats or snakes coming up into the toilet was an urban myth too, but obviously not! I don't think that's happened where I live though. As other people have responded, pet rats are okay. We used to have one, and she was quite sweet and affectionate.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I"m glad I've been lucky so far. Does this also happen in septic systems?

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Each time we open the cottage after a long winter, we often find mouse dead in the toilet. I still can't handle those. It is just gross and I feel very bad for them. I think that SRVB might be a good idea.

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      Carol Fisher 6 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I hope I never find a rat in the toilet, even if it is dead. Blessed by an Angel.

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      Dee Gallemore 6 years ago

      Rodents and creepy crawlies have always creeped me out . . . I'm a big scardy-cat. So if this ever happened to me, I'd probably want to move away [that's after I got out of the hospital from shock.] Thanks for busting the so-called myth!

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      Robert T Gasperson 6 years ago from South Carolina

      I have never heard of this happening. I am not going to show this to my wife. Hope you don't mind. :)

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      sheilamarie78 6 years ago

      This has creeped me out. I live where there are lots of little critters, but haven't thought too much about it when I get up in the middle of the night to make a BR visit. Starting tonight, I'm bringing along my flashlight!

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      annrhi 6 years ago

      This lens soooo freaked me out, I have a real phobia about rats and creepy crawly things of any kind. It was like a really good horror film where you don't want to look but have to; I didn't want to read on but had to!

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @annrhi: I'm reallly not afraid of rats and creepy crawly things, but it freaked me out, too!

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      This is a real eye-opener. Trouble is now I want to use the loo and daren't - thumbs up for unique subject :)

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      Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

      I just had to click this because of the Title..EEK is right, I'm not sure what I would do initially if I saw a rat in my toilet. You gave some good info and I think putting something in the toilet to keep them out is a good idea. Blessed by an Angel :)

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      Jack 6 years ago

      We found a huge rat in the horse and donkey waterer once outside at our farm. I hope I never find one in the toilet!

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      BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

      I have discovered mice in the toilet, but thankfully never a rat. Actually, it turned out the cat had dropped the mouse in the toilet and was not happy that she lost her prize! Great lens and well-deserving of so many blessings!

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Wow, scary or what? Thanks for the heads up and from now the lid's down - always.

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      Yup I totally thought this was false even though my husband insisted it was possible. I don't actually plan on telling him he was right either. A very interesting lens and yet heebie-jeebie like at the same time.

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      Jeremy 6 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Yuck!

      Although the snake would be worse.

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      malloryjane 6 years ago

      Oh my goodness! I've never heard of this before - you've got me creeped right out now! *Frantically running to shut the toilet lid!*

      I hope never to see this, but thanks for the information just in case!

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      javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I had never believed these reports until now. WOW!

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      Bambi Watson 6 years ago

      Makes me really glad I have cats lol :)

      ~ Blessed >*

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      Paul 6 years ago from Liverpool, England

      What to do if you have a live rat in your toliet? I'd be hoping a snake came up after it!

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      Julianne Gentile 6 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      Oh dear! I love pet rats, but not sure how I'd react to this. I'm sure I'd be sad, but I'd probably scream. We have cats and ferrets in our house, but still find the odd mouse here and there. Obviously our animals are too well fed to bother with mice. We've been able to catch them and take them safely outside, but it still startles me.

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      Wow...that's some scary stuff. I'm happy it's never happened to me!

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      Evelyn Saenz 6 years ago from Royalton

      I'm glad I have never found a rat in the toilet!

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Very enjoyable accounting of finding a rat in your toilet -:)

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      Laura Schofield 6 years ago from Chicago, IL USA

      Wow - that is so coincidental that you're from the Pacific Northwest and all the latest google searches for 'rats in the toilet' are concerning Seattle. I've never seen this, but it is very interesting information!

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      mywebcontent 6 years ago

      OMG, what a lens! I would have screamed like a little girl too if I found a rat in my toilet. What a lens! There are surprisingly high percentage of people on this lens that have found a rat in their toilet! This is certainly a unique lens!

      BTW, thanks for commenting on my Wordpress lens! (http://www.squidoo.com/howtousewordpresstutorial)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      If I found a rat in my toilet I'd be screeching worst than a little girl, right before I fainted on the toilet floor.

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      Achim Thiemermann 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      What a useful lens this is! Because...a good belly-laugh is always useful, right?

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      Brian Stephens 6 years ago from France

      I guess this must have been a real shock, but it has been reported that in the UK you are never any further than 3 yards from a rat wherever you are. Don't know if this is true or a myth but if it is even close to being true then I think a lot of people need to prepare themselves for a rat encounter. Very informative lens.

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      BelindaBlevins 6 years ago

      Interested lens, I've never had a rat in my toilet before, but I did find a live snake under my kitchen sink once.

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      Positivevibestechnician 6 years ago

      ummmm odd but oddly interesting i always look before i sit down more so now

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      pixelposy 6 years ago

      Oh my goodness. I don't think I'll be using the bathroom in the dark anymore!

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I don't know whether to laugh or sit here with my mouth open. (I did both. :-) ) What an ... an ... un-U-sual lens! lol. I sincerely hope you never find another Willard when you lift the lid.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      No, no, no, no.... I thought this was urban legend about things coming out of your toilet! Okay, this so gave me the heebie geebies I am not sure I can ever sit on a toilet again, for fear something will crawl up and bite me in the butt!! Yuck.

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      Lisa 6 years ago from Rhode Island

      I heard it was true from a friend wow it sure is creepy huh? great lens

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      beckwong 6 years ago

      oops...I hope I will never have this kind of experience!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Nothing creepy came up yet. Hope it stays like that:)

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Wow, your story gave me shivers. I hope I don't find a rat in my toilet and I have to say that I'm sorry but I'm not likely to come looking here if I do find one, LOL. I'll probably shriek like a little girl (as you did) and run!

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      Cinnamonbite 6 years ago

      Yep. I've heard of rats, squirrels, and snakes in the toilet. I always look and because of my 4-defense anti-vermin team (4 cats), the lid is always down (nothing worse than a splash and then a wet cat on your pillow) so nothing is getting out.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      I just found a 10' python by my garden (about a foot from my face) last week. It was the largest snake the humane society had ever seen. I'd welcome a rat in my toilet after that.

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      orange3 lm 5 years ago

      OMG! That is so creepy!! I would hate to find any critter in the toilet.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've never had anything like this show up in my toilet. I never really believed this could happen, but now I see that it can! Very informative lens. Poor Willard....

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      tara-lynn lm 5 years ago

      Gross! I read this before I went to bed and it is creeping me out!

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      mikeguerro221 5 years ago

      fantastic! great lens.

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      hotbrain 5 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Something I didn't really want to know about....... But I was so intrigued to hear about a rat in the toilet that I kept on reading anyway!

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      hotbrain 5 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Something I didn't really want to know about....... But I was so intrigued to hear about a rat in the toilet that I kept on reading anyway!

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      Kristin 5 years ago from Long Beach, CA

      My stepson had a rat for a pet. It was a great pet, but I still wouldn't want to find one in my toilet. I think I'd probably scream too. *Blessed* =)

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      qatoiletbowldq1 5 years ago

      Your lens about toilet bowl is very interesting and useful, at the same time your squidoo theme is unique and perfect,great job. To your success.

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Eww!!

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      FUN and useful lens.

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      LampsPest 5 years ago

      Ok, I got to go to the restroom.... Any suggestions???

      Great lens

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      sherridan 5 years ago

      We used to have pet rats and they were adorable, but I shan't be doing any more nighttime wees!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      This page is my grandson's worst nightmare. (It's gonna make me a little nervous in the bathroom for a few days too I can bet.) I am not sure what I would do if I ever found a rat in the toilet. I almost didn't believe it til I saw the diagram of how he got there. So glad you included that ;)

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      Heidi 5 years ago from Benson, IL

      Sounds scary! Considering I've heard of somebody's pet boa constrictor escaping and getting into the plumbing, rats aren't too surprising and aren't even the scariest thing that can get into people's toilets. I'd be careful lifting the lid on my toilet though.

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      iWriteaLot 5 years ago

      EEek! I actually just jumped at my own shadow! LOL Creepy lens, that's for sure. But well done! Blessed

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Oh My God!!! You have scared me!!!! YUK!!!!!!!! Blessed for sharing :) :(

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      'MMMmmm, you dirty rat! Did you flush him back down? He looks like rat soup in there! ha! Out here, I have seen scorpions in the toilet, but never a rat. They don't come up through the drain, they fall in and can't get out. It might help if they made a Life Alert for scorpions that they could push if they "fallen but they can't get up." Sorry, I must be bored! I've heard of people flushing alligators but they don't come back out, or at least I hope not! Blessed!

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @tvyps: No we didn't flush him - we scooped him out with a bucket and gave him a decent burial.

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      Shari O'Leary 5 years ago from Minnesota

      I would kind of hope the rat was still alive if I found one in my toilet. I think it'd make a cute pet. I don't mind snakes or bats either, but don't let me find a spider. Yikes!

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      EvergreenArticles 5 years ago

      Oh my god!!!! Now I'm afraid to sit on the lid and get bitten =/

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @PNWtravels: Lol...oh my now that is funny.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      Ohh my gosh horrible! When we lived in Hawaii we had a lot of rats roaming around.. HUGE ones. When we bought our house on the Big Island there were two inside the house when we moved in... freaky! I cannot decide which is worse though on Hawaii, the rats, the cane spiders or those horrible centipedes. EWE!! I miss Hawaii but I sure don't miss those horrible creatures. On the other hand I had a pet rat once and they can be very cute so thinking it over I guess I would rather have a rat in the house than a cane spider or a centipede. Ohh those 2 are just HORRIBLE!! Angel blessed lens.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      Hi again Vicki! Ok... when I saw this lens, I thought... "No way!" Out of sheer morbid curiosity I HAD to read this to see if it was for real.

      I nearly screamed myself when I saw the photos! Oh my gosh... and the snakes/spiders/ etc?

      I wish I wasn't so spooked by things like that, but I guess I just proved that I am! LOL!

      Up north (NH), we have field mice, but for some reason I'm not too freaked out when I find them. Can't do snakes or rats or icky spikers though. Or bats. :) So, bottom line: This is one of the most unique lenses I have had the honor of reading - you did an absolutely fabulous job! I wish I could bestow more than one blessing... :) Totally Squid Angel Blessed! :) Hugs, Kath

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      SilmarwenLinwelin 5 years ago

      If I found one I'd probably try to save him!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh Me! I have heard of a Rat in the Toilet but never have had this experience. Thank goodness. Blessed.

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      ResearchAddict 5 years ago

      Oh my. This is creepy!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Well, EEK! is the right word for finding a rat in one's toilet and probably "Oh, sh*t!" too. I've not had the pleasure and think it would be pretty freaky ... more so if it is alive.

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      Found a frog once ... and that was AFTER I sat down ... talk about scaring the s#@t out of you, lol!

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      Cathy Slaght 5 years ago from St. Petersburg, Fl

      Yes, EEK says it all- but learned a little about rats! don't think i want one for a pet tho- but enjoyed this lens!

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      JodiFromFlorida 5 years ago

      The rat I could handle but a snake...

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      I'm scared to use the potty now!! lol Great lens! =D

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      Oh man! This should be a Halloween themed article lol I always check the toilet before i sit on it! One thing I don't like about this article is about the advice you give on getting a rat out of the toilet, drowning it!?! Get a cardboard box with some food in it and scoop him in and shut it, take him outside. I hate when people kill mice or bugs when the critters are just doing what comes natural. That's like killing someone for getting in your way or being annoying! Fear is the worst! Makes people react impulsively without thinking. I do like that you added tips though, like the one about a plumber or someone installing a screen type blocker so they can't even get into your humble abode. It is a helpful article and it does happen.

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      SailingPassion LM 4 years ago

      Oh my - I really am not sure what I would do if I found any of these things in my toilet!

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      Escapes2 4 years ago

      I think I would run screaming from my bathroom if I found a rat or snake in the toilet!

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      lizbradshaw 4 years ago

      Rats really do get a bad rap, when they actually make great pets. I would highly recommend a rat over a gerbil or hamster. Incredibly smart and playful, they bond strongly with their owners, and rarely bite. My daughter had to little males that lived for several years before passing away within a week of each other. it was amazing how sad I was when they were gone. Never would have expected it... Thanks for sharing this.

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      This has scared me! I don't like spiders in the toilet but I suppose at least I wouldn't miss a rat before sitting down!

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      DarrenEPB 4 years ago

      I did a job (I'm a pest controller) in Tottenham a couple of years ago and the lady said every morning they got up there was paw prints on the toilet bowl and they found rat dropping's the time before they called me. They used to leave the seat up for their young son in the night. This is a great post, this is no myth as many people thought.

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Glad that wasn't me that found that rat. i have a phobia on rats. I will be checking the Loo before I sit on it. I haven't heard of rats doing this but now I will be taking note. Blessed.

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      Ew, good Lens. In NYC (especially in the Bronx) where I live; I'm really surprised I haven't; some say that there is one rat for every person, and they were some of the first illegal immigrants to come to the New World via the ships that sailed here. Reminds me of the expression "Like Rats Jumping Off A Sinking Ship".

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      I don't mind rats - but not feral, not in the house, and as for in the toilet ................screams loudly and jumps on chair! By the way I was unable to do the poll about other creepy things in the toilet, as the choices wouldn't load. Possibly a good thing? Can't think of anything much worse in the UK. I don't live in an area where there are adders (at least I've never seen any) so a rat is about as bad as it could possibly get for me! Eeeeek!

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      HalloweenRecipes 4 years ago

      I never heard of a rat getting into a toilet bowl ... and I'm glad!

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      Cara 4 years ago

      We're not even allowed to say the word rat at my Moms house. We have to call them "long-tails". Of course with the majority of grandchildren being boys, that's the wrong thing to let them know!

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      casnider 4 years ago

      This lens is very effective on a visceral level. People do either love or hate rats. I doubt there is an in between. Blessed!

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Well, my mom hates rats because they are dirty! :)

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      wiseriverman 4 years ago

      This is a very interesting subject but a difficult one for me. I have what I think must be a primal and strong dislike of rats and mice. I hate to even think about them. I have three cats (which I love) that are always on patrol. I couldn't live comfortably without my cats knowing that they are a great prevention to having rodents in my home.

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      geosum 4 years ago

      Had to come and look to satisfy my curiosity. Fortunately I've never experienced it and hope to keep it that way.

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      liny-tan 4 years ago

      i haven't experienced such things but i think rat incident in the toilet is manageable for me....but snake in the toilet is something which really scares me.

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      liny-tan 4 years ago

      i haven't experienced such things but i think rat incident in the toilet is manageable for me....but snake in the toilet is something which really scares me.

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      TommysPal 3 years ago

      I always wondered if it were true, critters getting in the toilet. I'm a believer now. I don't think it would freak me out, I would be more concerned about saving it's life. Great lens, thanks for sharing.

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      MissRubyStars 3 years ago

      @geosum: I agree!!!

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      MissRubyStars 3 years ago

      @geosum: I agree!!!

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      Ewwww! I don't mind rats - we live waterfront so we see them often - but in the toilet? I just wonder if one could arrive whilst I'm... um ... sitting there? Ewwww!

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      Vicki Green 3 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @BritFlorida: Believe me I always look before I sit down and keep listening for any weird noises that sounds like something swimming or splashing around!

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      Sam 2 years ago

      That's disgusting ...

      How they even could breath inside the pipes ...

      definitely, I am going to put some hydrochloric acid inside the seat and flush it 3 times before and after I use it.

      WTF......... Snakes & Rats next to my balls? oooh god.

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      FlourishAnyway 19 months ago from USA

      This has always been a fear of mine and you've made me realize it is possible, not some crazy thing that happens as a part of urban legend. I am especially fearful going in the middle of the night and when I'm visiting large cities. From now on I am always turning on the light even in the middle of the night. Sharing and G+ing.

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      GalaxyRat 3 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      Will never look in toilet again the same way. I don't have a thing about wild rats (I adore pet ones), but this just freaked me out!

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