There is probably no more effective illustration of the interconnectedness of life than finding a rat in a toilet, says an environmental Residential Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il. This charming phenomenon usually occurs because a trail of food from a garbage disposal has attracted a sewer rat, which has taken a wrong turn and surfaced in the toilet. Many municipal websites contain information about dealing with rats in toilets.
The general advice on toilet rats begins with kitchen practices designed to make waste pipes less attractive to rats by keeping the kitchen drain free of food. The following pointers will help:
1. Use garbage disposals as little as possible.
2. Keep your sink rinsed clean.
3. Never throw grease down the drain.
4. Clean out your kitchen drain once a month by pouring in half a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar. When the fizzing stops, pour in a pot of boiling water.
If you are not willing to not use your garbage disposal often and sewer rats are a problem in your area, here are a few preventative measures to take:
1. Keep your toilet lid down whenever the toilet is not in use.
2. If you discover a live rat in your toilet, shut the lid, then flush. Don't worry about the rat, it won't drown. Rats can tread water for three days!
Flush the toilet at least five times, says an environmental Residential Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il. If the rat is still in your toilet after the fifth flush, call your local Animal Control.