Rain Brings Rats

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 1:20pm

Recent wet weather has rodents popping out of Cincinnati area toilets.

Recent rain has rodents looking for new homes.

Flooded drain pipes are forcing rats up from the sewers and into people's homes in the Cincinnati, Ohio area.

One Hyde Park resident who had returned home from vacation to an unwelcome surprise.

She and her husband had been out of town for a few weeks and found a rat had chewed through their basement toilet lid.

Scherzinger Pest Control owner Steve Scherzinger said this is not an isolated incident.

"A lot of that is coming through the sewer pipes going into a home. And if you have a commode, especially if it is not used that much, it's an easy entrance for a rodent into a house," he said.

Rats can swim up to half a mile, even against the current, in a sewer pipe.

They can climb through a small hole only 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch wide, and they can chew through building materials.

Scherzinger has been getting more calls for rodents in homes as the rain continues to fall, and he said they are coming from throughout the Cincinnati area.

Signs that rats might be in your home include smear marks against the wall, gnawing sounds and dark-colored pellets.

Rats are most active just after sunset and just before sunrise.

To keep rats at bay, put a block or a heavy weight on the downstairs toilet to hold the lid down.

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