Rats in a toilet, mice on a plane, and other surprising rodent run-ins! ​

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jan 31, 2016 8:24:17 AM

Have you seen that story in the news about a woman who found a rat in her toilet? It sounds almost unbelievable -- unless you spend a lot of time talking about rats and mice. Strange as it may seem, rats are actually skilled swimmers and can easily make it up your pipes from down below; it’s almost unbelievable you don’t hear about this happening more often.

Rodents make themselves at home almost anywhere.

How to get rid of rats in my house

Aside from this transgression with a toilet, we’ve heard plenty of stories about the weird places rodents roam. Even if you’re startled by the sight of a scurrying mouse at the moment, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll find it kind of funny later. Check out this list of unexpected places household pests have popped up, and then find out how you can prevent pest problems in your home.

  1. Rat-ta-pooie! While there isn’t a lot you can do to stop a rat from swimming past the S-bend in your plumbing, you can keep a fresh smelling pouch of Stay Away® Rodent in your bathroom. Also, remember to keep the lid closed and turn on the light before you use the loo in the middle of the night!
  2. Mouse Flambé Mice are always looking to snuggle up and settle down someplace warm with plenty of food. Kitchen appliances like a toaster or oven may seem to offer everything a mouse could ever want -- until someone decides to toast a bagel or bake some brownies. Remember to clean up any spills or crumbs as soon as you see them, and inspect appliances before using them.
  3. Mice on a Plane Any place offering shelter from the elements and a steady supply of food looks like a dream home to a mouse, and airplanes are no exception. Rodents have been stowing away in luggage and cargo for centuries, but they can cause serious problems in the air. Make sure to thoroughly check your belongings before and after travelling.
  4. Forget Horsepower, Engines have Mouse-power Whether a vehicle is in storage or being used regularly, it can seem like a mansion to a mouse. The teeth of a rodent never stop growing so they need to gnaw on things constantly. The coating on mechanical wiring feels great on a rodent’s teeth. Make sure to clean any foodstuffs out of your car, and keep a pouch of rodent repellent stored inside to prevent pest problems.

Don’t try these DIY mouse trap ideas.

How to prevent rodents naturally

Once you come to grips with the fact that rodents can and will make their home in almost every place imaginable, you might start coming up with a few ideas to get rid of them. Most of the time, you can get rid of mice without having to call in professional help -- after all, we’ve spent a lot of time helping members of the rodent challenged population do just that. However, every once in a while, we see stories about how terribly wrong things work out.

  • Attempted Mouse Shooting Ends in Man Shot and Sex Abuse Charge In 2011, someone tried to shoot a mouse that ran through the kitchen with a handgun. Mice are very small and very fast. Do not try to shoot house mice.
  • Homemade Rat Trap FAIL This YouTube video is but one of many examples when someone tried to save a few bucks, or just highlight their ingenuity, with less than satisfactory results. Please remember that earthkind® products come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, or your money back!
  • Flaming Mouse Burns Down Man's House After catching a mouse in his house, a man thought he would just toss it into a pile of leaves he was burning. The mouse escaped the fire and ran back into the house, and things did not end well.

Prevent pests with Stay Away®.

You can manage pest problems and prevent infestations naturally, all by yourself, but you need a fact-based approach to the situation. Rats and mice have survived and thrived as a species because they have learned to live alongside humans -- that is why they are called commensal pests. If people can control, reduce, or remove the things that attract pests in their daily lives, their pest problems will virtually disappear. Aside from controlling the availability of food and water, and reducing the amount of clutter and cover for rodents and insects to hide behind, people should understand how household pests choose their targets.

Many bugs and rodents rely on their sense of smell to find food, detect danger, and locate friends or mates. Nature created signature scents that overwhelm or entice creatures to specific areas or objects. While an enticing scent, like peanut butter, may attract a mouse to a trap, an overwhelming scent, like balsam fir essential oil -- the key ingredient in Stay Away® Rodent pouches, will repel a mouse. By removing attractants, and using your knowledge of their highly developed sense of smell against them, you can prevent pest infestations before they begin. Learn more about natural pest control techniques by subscribing to our newsletter, or visiting our Learning Center.

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Topics: Pest Control

Rita Stadler
Rita lives in Central Florida and has been a member of Team earthkind since 2010. When not writing about ways to preserve the good and prevent the rest, her 4 children keep her busy. She can be found sharing mouse jokes on Twitter @earthkind and answering to calls of "MOM!" from any kid within a 25 foot radius.

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