Rats are climbing into Dorset's loos

Rats are climbing into Dorset's loos

Published by George Sharpe at 8:32am 23rd June 2019.

A local pest controller says cases are on the rise.

Rats have been climbing up into Dorset's loos, leaving home owners horrified.

Dorset-based pest controller, Paul Storey, says he's been called to a number of hysterical customers in recent months.

Also known as 'The Pest Detective', he says brown rats appear to be taking a greater interest in domestic water closets.

Paul said: "I have had a number of calls recently across Dorset and some in Hampshire from those with rats in their toilets, and as you'd imagine they are terrified.

People will often do anything to keep their lids shut, some even resorting to duct tape.

He said: "When I joined this industry 13 years ago I didn't know that trying to calm people down would be such an important part of the job.

“In the jobs I have attended, when a rat comes up through the pipes into a toilet it doesn’t want to go back the way it came so has to be removed.

"Luckily there is a simple solution to the problem, by inserting a drain guard in the sewer pipe; they work like cat flaps and let the waste out while preventing anything coming back up."

It's a kind of 'rat flap'

Paul's appearing on Channel 5's new series 'Grime and Punishment' in episode 4 on Thursday 4 July.