What to do if you end up with a rat in your toilet

On Wednesday morning, an East Walnut Hills couple found a furry surprise in their toilet.

Kevin Tighe walked into his bathroom, on the third floor of an apartment complex, only to find a rat swimming in his toilet.

“It was the size of a soda can,” Tighe said. “It was a big hairy sucker.”

He slammed the toilet shut and he and his wife Mary stacked some Harry Potter books on the lid. Kevin said the rat was definitely alive and was sloshing around when he closed the lid.

Mary Tighe said at first, Kevin suggested they take care of it themselves. Mary called their landlord. The former New York City resident said she had never seen a rat in a toilet there so its appearance was even more startling.

As for how it made it to the third floor and why it was there in the first place, Kevin said

On Wednesday morning, an East Walnut Hills couple found a furry surprise in their toilet.

Kevin Tighe walked into his bathroom, on the third floor of an apartment complex, only to find a rat swimming in his toilet.

“It was the size of a soda can,” Tighe said. “It was a big hairy sucker.”

He slammed the toilet shut and he and his wife Mary stacked some Harry Potter books on the lid. Kevin said the rat was definitely alive and was sloshing around when he closed the lid.

Mary Tighe said at first, Kevin suggested they take care of it themselves. Mary called their landlord. The former New York City resident said she had never seen a rat in a toilet there so its appearance was even more startling.

As for how it made it to the third floor and why it was there in the first place, Kevin said it was “the little rat that could.”

Rick Steinau, owner of Ace Exterminating, said finding rats in toilets is rare, but not unheard of.

The rats in the Queen City are Norway rats, also called a sewer or wharf rat. They end up in toilets when they’re searching for food, Steinau said.

When people use garbage disposals or wash food down the drain, it ends up in the sewer, which draws the rat up the pipes of a house. Then, Steinau said, the rat can end up in a toilet.

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