I'm not even gonna ask why King County Public Health is telling people the five steps of what to do if there's a rat in your toilet. Did the rat call up through the pipes to reach that destination? Did a rat fall in your toilet? Some things are better left unknown. However, let's just say that you happen to find a rat in your toilet. What do you do? The first thing that they want you to do is be calm.
Yes. They literally posted on their evening news that the first thing you should do is remain calm. I mean, I freak out when I'm laying down and the corner of my blanket falls on my leg unexpectedly. I'll have a better chance of my kids cleaning their room without me asking than remaining calm.
Step two says to close the lid and flush the toilet. Yep. They want you to flush the rat back down the drain. If it found its way up in the first place what's to stop it from coming back through?
Now is when it kinda makes sense. They want you to squirt dish soap into the toilet bowl. I think you see where this is going.
Step four involves flushing again and again until the dish soap is down the drain.
Final step is when you call pest control.
Either way, if you see a rat in your toilet, good luck remaining calm. Just another reason to never want to live in Seattle.
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