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Couple Too Terrified to Use Own Bathroom After Rat Appears in Toilet
Metro UK ^ | Tuesday 11 Jun 2013

Posted on 06/12/2013 12:23:51 AM PDT by nickcarraway

It is the only animal in the world that Sir David Attenborough does not like, and one that has left a couple in south London terrified of using their own bathroom.

A rat has apparently taken residence in the toilet of the home where Margaret, 59, and Keith Woods, 67, have lived for the last 27 years.

A horrifying video filmed by the couple, from Sutton, shows the rat – which they have nicknamed Roland – poking its head into the toilet bowl from the U-bend.

‘I went to the loo and I could hear scratching. I jumped up and thought – this time I’m going to watch. I flushed the toilet straight away and went back, leaving the light on,’ Mrs Woods told the Sutton Guardian.

‘It was rearing its ugly head.’

The couple has now resorted to repeatedly flushing the toilet and running the taps for several minutes before using the bathroom.

Responding to reports Thames Water had been slow to respond to an initial complaint, a company spokesperson said: ‘A CCTV investigation of the sewer was done last week and the network is working as it should. We have also carried out a thorough clean of the sewer pipes around the property and will putting down some poison to help the customer get rid of the problem.’

David Cross, head of technical training at Rentokil, commented: ‘Thankfully, this is still a very rare occurrence, but we have seen more of these cases in recent years. Rats are an ingenious species, and they will do anything within their power to access new sources of food. After navigating a U-bend for the first time, the rodents become more confident and will often make repeat visits to the same property. Use of one-way valves in the manhole chamber can provide (amongst other things) an additional barrier for rats by denying them access to the soil pipe.’


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: antifreeze; inthetoilettank; napl

1 posted on 06/12/2013 12:23:51 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Couple Too Terrified to Use Own Bathroom After Rat Appears in Toilet

I had an experience regarding a rat and a toilet which was reminiscent of the scene from the movie Alien where the monster pops out of the guy's chest.

Suffice it to say, don't let your toilet pipes become dry for any lengthy period of time.

If that does occur, refill the system with water, and flush the toilet several times WITH THE LID CLOSED.

Once you finally are ready to lift the lid, it might also be a good idea to be holding a baseball bat, Japanese bayonet, or some such implement, should the necessity arise of battling the rather large sewer rat which bursts forth from the bowels of the toilet, in a manner very reminiscent of the aforementioned scene from the movie Alien...

Additionally, after relating this experience to a friend, he told me of a friend of his who experienced a similar problem while sitting on the toilet, and who forever afterwards paranoically carried with him some kind of grating which was intended to preclude such a situation ever arising again!

Just some friendly advice...

2 posted on 06/12/2013 12:37:26 AM PDT by sargon (I don't like the sound of these here Boncentration Bamps!)
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To: sargon

Would you say the rat was Biden his time?


3 posted on 06/12/2013 12:51:35 AM PDT by this_ol_patriot
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To: sargon

add antifreeze to toilet tank


4 posted on 06/12/2013 12:53:14 AM PDT by devolve (----- ----- ----- it is not illegal if I do it ----- ----- -----)
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To: devolve

Bleach would also do the job - plus leave it sparkly clean!


5 posted on 06/12/2013 12:54:58 AM PDT by djf (Rich widows: My Bitcoin address is... 1ETDmR4GDjwmc9rUEQnfB1gAnk6WLmd3n6)
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To: sargon

OMG.


6 posted on 06/12/2013 1:09:45 AM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: nickcarraway

Why is the water level in the bowl so low?


7 posted on 06/12/2013 1:16:00 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: djf
Bleach would also do the job - plus leave it sparkly clean!

No dirty rat.

8 posted on 06/12/2013 1:35:47 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy ("New Yorks Finest" are now "The Untouchables")
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To: nickcarraway

I’ve seen that happen.


9 posted on 06/12/2013 2:40:05 AM PDT by fso301
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To: sargon
Once you finally are ready to lift the lid, it might also be a good idea to be holding a baseball bat, Japanese bayonet, or some such implement, should the necessity arise of battling the rather large sewer rat which bursts forth from the bowels of the toilet, in a manner very reminiscent of the aforementioned scene from the movie Alien...

♫ ♩ "Roland, the headless sewer rodent..." ♬♪

10 posted on 06/12/2013 2:58:18 AM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: nickcarraway

And to think I have always had a fear of snakes coming up and biting my rump.


11 posted on 06/12/2013 3:03:25 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: autumnraine

You, too?!!!


12 posted on 06/12/2013 3:33:56 AM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: Riley

...still on the run from VanOwen...


13 posted on 06/12/2013 3:48:09 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: nickcarraway

The whiskers tickle my bumm


14 posted on 06/12/2013 4:10:03 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Tainan

“You can still see his headless body wrigglin’ through the pipes,
In a pasty flash of Margaret’s ample bum...
In a pasty flash of Margaret’s ample bum.”


15 posted on 06/12/2013 4:12:05 AM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: nickcarraway

good heavens. i’m sure seeing a rat was rather disturbing....but holy heck. this is a really unflattering picture of the couple!


16 posted on 06/12/2013 4:13:47 AM PDT by ZinGirl (kids in college....can't afford a tagline right now)
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To: autumnraine

> And to think I have always had a fear of snakes coming up and biting my rump.

Odd that you mention snakes.
When I was 9, there actually was a snake in our toilet.
And being a 9 year old boy, I thought that I could catch it.
It turned out to be a water mocasin and it bit me on the hand.
That day I learned about snake bite antivenom and tetanus shots. I was the first snakebite case in Anne Arundel County, Maryland in 28 years.


17 posted on 06/12/2013 4:17:51 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Gun Control is the Key to totalitarianism and genocide.)
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To: Riley
Well played...very well played...(golf clap)
18 posted on 06/12/2013 4:23:37 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: nickcarraway

Use a cherry bomb! Rats HATE them.


19 posted on 06/12/2013 4:32:49 AM PDT by HomeAtLast
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To: nickcarraway

I’m sure that rats like to eat nuts. Yikes


20 posted on 06/12/2013 4:36:33 AM PDT by RadiationRomeo (Step into my mind and glimpse the madness that is me)
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To: BuffaloJack

How would a water moccasin get into the toilet? Yipes!

I had a neighbor who was stung by a wasp when she used the toilet.


21 posted on 06/12/2013 5:04:29 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: autumnraine

When I was a little girl, I used to worry about spiders biting me — even though I was not afraid of spiders. That, and I worried about falling in.


22 posted on 06/12/2013 5:05:56 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: nickcarraway

Awww...that’s nothin’. Having your dog chase the rat around on your bed in the middle of the night, one yapping and one squeaking, now that is terror. ;) No, the rat was not a pet.


23 posted on 06/12/2013 5:07:57 AM PDT by madison10
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To: nickcarraway
Rat in the toilet music
24 posted on 06/12/2013 5:11:58 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Bigg Red

> How would a water moccasin get into the toilet? Yipes!
We lived out in the country. We had a septic tank system and the snake came in through the plumbing. I have no other explanation.


25 posted on 06/12/2013 5:16:46 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Gun Control is the Key to totalitarianism and genocide.)
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To: nickcarraway

We have had a rat problem in the attic but never considered one in the toilet. YIKES!


26 posted on 06/12/2013 5:21:56 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Why is the water level in the bowl so low?

The rat was thirsty.

27 posted on 06/12/2013 5:26:37 AM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: nickcarraway

Are people in the UK allowed to defend themselves against rat invasions, or is running to a “safe room” the only option?


28 posted on 06/12/2013 5:28:35 AM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: nickcarraway
How about plunging that damned thing until that rat has no choice but to come out, then offing him?

Otherwise.... here's a potential solution...

http://ecojohn.com/ecojohn_sr.html

29 posted on 06/12/2013 5:34:53 AM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: ScottinVA

Has the whole of the UK population been reduced to a bunch of “small kitty cats”?


30 posted on 06/12/2013 5:41:33 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: nickcarraway

How that revenue agent got into the bowl is beyond me.


31 posted on 06/12/2013 8:22:11 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --)
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To: nickcarraway

PULL THE CHAIN!


32 posted on 06/12/2013 8:30:41 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: BuffaloJack

Oh great. You have not helped my phobia not one little bit.


33 posted on 06/12/2013 11:12:13 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: nickcarraway; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono
"Rat??? Funny, I don't remember eating rat..."
34 posted on 06/12/2013 12:30:35 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: nickcarraway; Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono; Revolting cat!; Daffynition

“Honey, what’s this rat doing in our toilet?”

“It appears to be the backstroke, dear.”


35 posted on 06/12/2013 12:31:33 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: nickcarraway

I once had a mouse in the bathtub. I complained to management and they told me to get a cat.


36 posted on 06/12/2013 12:35:52 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Revenge is a dish best served with pinto beans and muffins)
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To: BuffaloJack

Wow! I am not afraid of snakes, but a snake in the toilet would definitely freak me out.


37 posted on 06/12/2013 1:20:01 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: a fool in paradise; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...


38 posted on 06/12/2013 1:25:24 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein)
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To: Slings and Arrows; nickcarraway
We always have bleach in our loos because toilet ring has long been a concern in our household.


Toilet ring:



39 posted on 06/12/2013 2:33:45 PM PDT by Lady Jag (If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat. - Reagan)
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To: Lady Jag

“One ring to rule them all, on ring to find them...”


40 posted on 06/12/2013 2:44:16 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

maybe they dog likes his water from the big bowl


41 posted on 06/12/2013 3:18:01 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Poor Remy does look like Anderson Cooper. But Remy has a higher IQ.


42 posted on 06/12/2013 4:23:30 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (To stay calm during these tumultuous times, I take Damitol. Ask your Doctor if it's right for you.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

And better personal habits?


43 posted on 06/12/2013 4:45:44 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Surely


44 posted on 06/12/2013 5:38:15 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (To stay calm during these tumultuous times, I take Damitol. Ask your Doctor if it's right for you.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; a fool in paradise
It seems to be vogue: Is it OK, if I don't give....


45 posted on 06/13/2013 1:34:59 AM PDT by Daffynition (Stand Your Ground)
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To: Daffynition

That’s a horse’s ***, not a rat’s.


46 posted on 06/13/2013 1:46:12 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I didn’t know. I didn’t know, I didn’t know. I didn’t know I was supposed to know.... :D


47 posted on 06/13/2013 4:49:54 AM PDT by Daffynition (Stand Your Ground)
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