What Type of Pests Could be Lurking in Your Plumbing?


What Type of Pests Could be Lurking in Your Plumbing?

If you’re like most people, when you moved into your new house one of the first things you did was call in a professional like the ones at Moxie Pest Control to treat your home just in case you had pests you didn’t know about. If you’ve ever dealt with any type of infestation, then you already know how hard they can be to get rid of. But, of course, you dealt with that.


What many people don’t realize is that, while they were choosing kitchen faucets for the new house, it’s possible there were critters slinking along their plumbing lines; critters that could even surface in the toilet. In this blog, you can find a few of the pests that could very well be hiding in your plumbing only to appear whenever they decide to poke out their creepy heads. 


Mice and Rats

Most homeowners already know the very real danger that mice and rats bring to the table, and have taken the proper precautions to keep them from invading their homes. What many don’t know is that these pests can easily get into your home by crawling in through the plumbing, including unsealed drainage pipes. While many think this is an urban legend, rats can indeed come up through your toilet. Believe it or not, this happens more often than you think, so take the proper precautions. Since rats can swim for up to three days, it’s pretty feasible for one to swim through the sewer pipes and up through your toilet. 



Think about it, your plumbing system offers moisture and heat, the very things that roaches, drain flies, and a few other insects need to thrive. They can easily make their way into your plumbing system and emerge from your toilet when you least expect it. 



While keeping frogs as pets is certainly not unheard of, you really don’t want to find one living in your toilet, and it has been known to happen. Since frogs can easily live in the water and on land, your sewer system is the perfect place for them. They live in your plumbing happily, and when they are ready can easily make an appearance in your toilet when you open the lid. So, make sure you keep that lid closed when not in use to prevent them from getting into your home uninvited. 


Possums and Squirrels

Who would have ever thought that a possum or squirrel could gain access to your home through the plumbing and the toilet? If you find a possum, it is probably going to be a baby one, as adults won’t usually fit. However, squirrels of almost any size can come through the toilet, so make sure you take the proper precautions for removing one if it happens to you. It’s important to note at this point that animals such as possums, squirrels, rats, and mice will attack if cornered. They also carry diseases and germs that could make you sick, so calling in a professional animal removal company is your best course of action. 



The most terrifying animal that could be found in your plumbing system and in your toilet is the snake. While many of these snakes are not poisonous, it can certainly give you a fright to find one slithering around in your toilet. If you see a snake in your toilet, close the lid and call animal removal right away. Also, look before using the toilet, just in case. 


These are just a couple of the animals and critters that could be navigating your plumbing system on the way to your toilet. Keep an eye out and deal with them the right way. 


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