People are absolutely terrified after video shows how easy it is for rats to climb up the toilet
People have been horrified after a video posted on Reddit shows how easily rats can scurry down the toilet pipe.
Onlookers were stunned by how smoothly the rat swam through the underwater passage, climbing into a turn with an airbag.
Like a graceful synchronized swimmer, the rat in the video gracefully twists out of the tight turn and shortly after ends up in the toilet bowl.
But not everyone wants Remy from Ratatouille to appear in their bathroom, and viewers were horrified by the ease with which the rat made it to the finish line.
One user commented: ‘New fear unlocked’.
Reddit users were stunned after seeing how easily a rat could reach the toilet bowl. Credit: National Geographic
Rats can chew through and damage insulation or even gnaw through electrical wires and start a house fire.
Another chimed in: “That’s why I flush before I sit down and poop fast enough that the rat can’t get back up in time.”
But some were not convinced that the video was an accurate representation.
One commenter quipped, ‘That’s silly, how are you going to get the first 10 feet of standpipe up?’
Fortunately, @twinhomeexperts Jim and Dave on TikTok explained to their 800,000+ followers how rats could plague your toilet.
The answer: broken sewer pipes under your house.
According to Twins who provide rodent control services in the US, one lady had six “city rats” running up her toilet pipes due to a burst pipe under her house.
Although rat infestations are not very common and can be dangerous, as the animal can carry pathogens that can transmit diseases to humans through the air, feces and urine.
Rats are unwanted visitors that no one wants to find in their home: they can contaminate food, transmit diseases and even cause structural damage.
As mentioned above, they can gain access to your home by sneaking through small spaces, and in doing so, they could damage your home.
They can chew through and damage insulation or even gnaw through electrical wires and start a house fire.
To prevent future infestations, Adam Juson, co-founder of commercial pest control company Merlin Environmental, told MailOnline: “Blocking off access points where rats can enter your building is essential.”
Use caulk and steel wool to seal any gaps that rodents might use for entry; If there are gaps around the doors or windows, you may need to buy new seals or have the doors repaired.
“Rats can enter through drains if they lead into your house, so you may need new metal drain grates if the ones you have are missing or broken.”
If you do end up having a problem with rats, it’s important to fix it fast, as they are notorious breeders and give birth to 12-15 per litter.
Telltale Signs Rats Nest in YOUR House
- Rodent droppings: They are dark and wet, but over time they turn dry and gray.
- Bitten food – look for tiny tooth marks
- Holes in the walls or bite marks – rats will chew through drywall, cardboard and other materials
- Bad smell: the smell comes from rat urine
- Scratching noises: If there are rats in your house, especially on the walls, you can sometimes hear a scratching and scurrying noise.
- Your pets will notice, probably before you do, so if they start acting strange, find out.
- Nests: Rats will make nests out of fabrics and materials found in your home.