Slightly off topic but is there any truth in the rumour that rats can enter
a house through a toilet.?
Long story but I have an open soil pipe in my conservatory and have found
rat droppings. First reaction was to block the soil pipe but I am the first
house on the drain and the rats would have a long walk to the nearest sewer.
I hear they can climb well and if there is any chance they'd try heading
upwards and into my or a neighbours house via a toilet I'd rather let them
have the run of the conservatory while I deal with them by way of traps or
Any rat behaviour experts in the house?
I keep pet rats (pedigree fancy rats) the much cuter versions of wild rats
(for example a bite from a fancy rat is a very very rare thing indeed, they
are so placid naturaly, unlike hamsters that seem to bite for the fun of it)
Anyway, rats can certianly jump a good few feet, and can climb up things
we'd see as impossible, i regulary let one of my pet rats have a little run
in the garden by plonking him out the window by his cage, when he want back
in, he jumps verticaly up the wall below the window 2 foot, then clings onto
the brickwork and climbs it to the windowsill.
They can also swim very well, hold their breath for 3 and a half minutes
underwater, and it is true they can get into a house via the toilet, a
friend on a fancy rat forum had this happen to him a few months ago, opened
the toilet lid and a wild rat jumped out!!!.
They only come into houses looking for food tho, remove the source of food
and they will go elsewhere, so there must be something in your conservatory
they can eat for them to bother, BUT rats are very inteligent, and now they
have found a source of food, they wont forget (a rat can remember the right
way through a maze, no matter how many wrong turns it makes in the process,
the 2nd time in that maze and it'll go the right way imediately)
i can't comment on how to kill them, as i dont like doing that, but i do
appreciate a wild rat is not the cute cuddely bundle of fluff i keep as
not gonna look at the links you posted in your next post, but yes rats
really can scream, one of mine does it when i give him a bath, he's fine in
the water, will splash about and play with the others, but when i pick him
up out of the water he screams like a baby... and i have to cradle him in my
hands and hush him like a human baby till he calms down, then he gives me
lots of kisses/licks and lets me dry him,
Nope, do you want a video? he's going to a fancy rat show next weekend so
will be getting a bath beforehand,
Thing is, fancy rats are totaly different to wild rats, it's just
unfortunate they share the same name, but it's like comparing your cute and
cuddely family dog with a wolf.
I'm well aware how much affection and intelligence a family pet can show
having been a dog owner. Hence the reason I've got live traps as well
although I admit I may have to go further if they won't co-operate as I'm
concerned about the health risks.
There was a video on Youtube of rats having a swim in a bath. I'm up for a
video - the email address works.
Assuming it had come up the soil pipe I would have thought it have headed
straight back the way it had come.
I plan on takin mine for a drive into the country and letting them go there.
That is if they will let themselves get caught.
I wonder if they could make it up a soil pipe to the first floor.
My main concern. Being the last house on the drain I'd imagine they'd try
and find the nearest alternative exit if I blocked the open pipe. Either a
long walk down the drain or up.
Certainly not aware of any food source out there. I've never stored food
there, its more of a junk room at the moment.
At the moment I have two traps designed to keep catching them alive.
Advertised as being able to catch a whole family although you have to wait
for them to get used to the newly arrived traps. Goodness knows if they will
ever work. Baited with yummy peanut butter and bacon.
If they do work I'll take them for a drive and let them out somewhere nice.
The first two links were fine, just rats appearing in the toilet bowl. The
last one was of a rat being removed from a toilet and screaming.
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