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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

October 16, 2014 at 7:41 AM

Portland has a toilet rat season. Seriously.

The Associated Press

Pest control experts say this is the time of year when dwindling food sources outside send rats into Portland homes, and sudden rains may force sewer rats up the pipes into toilets.

Multnomah County Vector Control says it receives 10 to 15 calls a year from people in Portland who find rats in their toilets, dead or alive.

Manager Chris Wirth told The Oregonian it’s usually a ground level or basement toilet and it’s usually a young rat because alpha male rats are too large to fit through all the pipes.

“It’s not too common, but it does happen,” Wirth says. “The sewer is the one way out and the rats just keep on going up and through the toilet.”

This time last year, “roof rats” were on the rise there.

And earlier this year, one Portland street was dealing with an invasion of rats that residents said were as big as cats — and better organized.

“They’re like their own little gang. When I killed the one and they pulled him back in there it was like ‘Saving Private Ryan’ or something,” one man explained.

 

 

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