Rats as big as cats “frolic in homes through toilets”, says pest control expert
More and more pest experts have embarked on the grim debate about whether rats can enter your home through the toilet.
Last month, Andrew Dellbridge, boss of Ace Pest Control, claimed that the pests were getting “bigger and braver”.
He recounted how one of his clients was “shocked” after hearing a splash and finding a horrible rodent in his toilet bowl.
But fortunately, not all experts agree on the risk, and the latest comments from a rat specialist may reassure petrified Britons.
Nick Atkinson, of Alpha Pest Control in Llanelli, told Wales Online: “It’s unlikely, to be honest, as the toilet seats are normally down.
âI have been doing this job for 23 years now and have only experienced one entry to the toilet.
“(Rats must) have an easy entry and exit because if they can come from a U-bend, there is no water available, so how are they going to go up to the toilet to get out? the water ?
“No one takes a step to help the rats go to the bathroom so I find that very questioning.”
But Dellbridge insisted to the Norwich Evening News it was possible and said: “They were working around us, but now they’re getting access they wouldn’t have attempted before.
“They break into people’s homes and businesses.”
Previously, the Guardian reported how toilet rats first became an issue during lockdown.
With less trash on the streets while everyone stayed inside, horrific rodents swarmed offices through the U-bends of unused toilets.
Rats are excellent swimmers and can hold their breath for three minutes, and even swim in water for three days, the newspaper adds.
But another pest control worker pointed out that if people flush the toilet regularly, the rats “won’t necessarily be there.”
If the toilet is not in use, he added, âSo keep the toilet wet or keep water in the system – and always keep the seat down.
“Rats can lift the seat, but if you’re not using the toilet, put something heavy down to prevent them from lifting it.”
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