Did you hear about the Arizona toilets infested with rats???

white rat - it would really concern me if there were rats coming up from my toilet.
@Willowlady (10666)
United States
January 10, 2007 12:45pm CST
Small, white rats are swimming through the sewer pipes and into the toilets of homes near the University of Arizona, said the The Associated Press. They also said that this isn't the first time this has happened. The rats supposedly regularly show up once or twice a year and no one knows why. Isn't this gross?The county's Wastewater Management Department has no idea where the rats are coming from, but they do know they are the kind scientists use in laboratories for research. The university claims that they are not to blame, pointing out that the same kind of rats are sold in pet stores as food for snakes and other animals. George Humphrey, who is the spokesman for the Arizona Health Sciences Center said university researchers follow strict guidelines for their lab specimens and humanely euthanize their rats when they are no longer needed. "There would be no evidence that these are connected to us, and I wouldn't want that to become an urban myth," Humphrey told AP. What's can a homeowner to do? Well one woman purposely left the toilet seat up and put a piece of sticky trap paper on the bathroom floor. She closed the door to the bathroom, and when she checked back later, the rat got himself caught on the sticky paper, which she threw away in disgust. "You have to give those rodents credit, though. Making it up the line from the sewers is not easy task, but quite possible since there is no barrier between the house connection sewer and the main sewer line. Still, once a toilet in the house is flushed, the rats have to hold their breath and then swim uphill in the pipes against the current", according to Laura Hagen Fairbanks, spokeswoman for the county's Wastewater Management Department.
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@claudia413 (4284)
• United States
13 Jan 07
Yuck! I'm sure glad I don't live in Arizona. I have friends out there, so I wondered if you could tell me what city has the rats. I'd like my friends to be aware of this, just in case they're not already. That is certainly gross, and it would certainly upset me if I found them coming out of the sewers here in Florida.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
14 Jan 07
cat and rat - we sometimes need help by our critter pets to keep unwanted critters from invading our homes.
East of the University of Arizona, called Midtown, Blenman-Elm neghborhood Hope this helps. I too would be a bit disturbed with the critters invading my home! Hopefully my kitties would dispatch them fairly quickly!!
• United States
12 Jan 07
I did not hear about that at all. I'm glad that I am not on sewer pipes, I would freak. I'm on well and septic tanks. I'm going to check this out. Are you joking? Is this for real Willowlady?
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
13 Jan 07
large white rat - some are pets and they are fun, smart and do tricks and all.  some are invaders and must be removed.
This as indeed a news peice and there was a whole write up on it on the net..not wikipedia. Quotes for people interviewed and the hole thing. I too am on septic with a well. New York for years I have heard over many years from time to time about their large rats that enter buildings through the sewer pipes. Wow!!
@brendalee (6083)
• United States
12 Jan 07
That is terrible. I bet they are from the laboratory too. I'm sure they wouldn't confess to something like that. Now I am going to think of this everytime I go to the bathroom.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
12 Jan 07
white rat - sold as pets and now invading homes. a laboratory thing obviously
Sorry for that. However, similar events have been noted in New York and they are the big black sewer rats. Oops, sorry again!! LOL, hope you can get past this and view as forewarned.
@mcmomss (2601)
• United States
11 Jan 07
Wow, I hadn't heard that. I'm glad they're there and not anywhere near me. It sounds like they're smart rats. I wouldn't be surprised if it turned out that they were from laboratories.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
12 Jan 07
There is a laboratory in that area..however think about it rats of any kind could make their way through the sewers. I have heard of this kind of thing in New York!
@suscan (1957)
• United States
11 Jan 07
I could not even imagine that. How dould you get rid of them? Even if you got an exterminator, they might not be gone since they are in the sewer line.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
12 Jan 07
There are sticky traps, how about a filter of some sort installed in the lines. There are poisons, not good for our pets. There are terrier dogs that are rat chasers. Or catch and tame!!