Public Health: What to do if a rat comes up your toilet

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Illustration by Meredith Li-Vollmer
Yes. It happens. It happened to a friend of mine, many years ago in a Northgate neighborhood.

Rats can swim three miles underwater and sewer pipes in the SPU district are old.

Public Health just published an illustrated article about how to handle the situation, which basically says to close the lid and flush.

--Diane Hettrick


Anonymous,  January 19, 2023 at 6:59 AM  

I suspect it's swim underwater for 3 minutes, not 3 miles!

DKH January 20, 2023 at 12:43 AM  

3 miles. They can also get through a hole the size of a quarter

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