Garbage disposals are some of the most useful appliances in many of our households, and in many families they see daily use. However, some people worry that they can attract pests.\n\n\n\nGarbage Disposals can attract rats, especially if they aren't cleaned often enough. In order to prevent rats from being attracted to your home through your kitchen sink, you should clean your garbage disposal with bleach and boiling water every week. \n\n\n\nThat's scary! Nobody wants rats in their house. But what about garbage disposals attracts rats? And how is it that they actually get into the house?\n\n\n\nWhy Do Garbage Disposals Attract Rats?\n\n\n\nWhen you use your garbage disposal to process unbeaten or bad food, most of that food ends up in a sewer somewhere. However, some of it gets stuck in the plumbing the disposal is attached to.\n\n\n\nRats can smell this accumulation of food using their acute sense of smell. Unfortunately for us humans, the mix of rotting food and other grossness is exactly the kind of thing that rats are looking for on a daily basis.\n\n\n\nIf the rats think that what they can smell might be a stable source of food, they'll try and get to it. This endeavour will inevitably lead the rats into your home, where they will find enough food that they might forget about the garbage disposal entirely.\n\n\n\nIt doesn't help that rats tend to live in the same sewers where garbage disposals deposit the waste they produce. That makes it even easier for rats to tell if your home is full of delicious delicious garbage.\n\n\n\nHow Do The Rats Get In?\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nYou may not be happy to hear this, but rats can fit through pretty much any space that their tiny little rat heads can get into. This includes a lot of plumbing.\n\n\n\nLuckily for us, rats actually don't actually fit in sink pipes, so even if they know there's food in your garbage disposal, they won't be able to get to it. It's not all good news though, since rats can still get into your house through the toilet.\n\n\n\nAside from being able to fit in tiny spaces, rats are also fantastic swimmers. This, combimed with their sharp claws for climbing, means that rats are able to get from the sewers they make their homes into your toilet relatively easily. If they know there's food in your garbage disposal, they're way more likely to come in through your toilet.\n\n\n\nHow To Prevent Rats\n\n\n\nThe first and easiest thing you can do is always close the lid to your toilet when it isn't in use. If the lid to your toilet is open, any rat that climbs into it can pretty easily jump out into your home and begin it's quest to eat up all of your goodies.\n\n\n\nThe next most important thing is to keep the the plumbing around your sink as clean as you can. You can do this by pouring some bleach and boiling water down it about once a month, more often if you use a garbage disposal.\n\n\n\nTaking other steps to keep your kitchen clean can also be a big help when it comes to keeping your home rodent free. Keep food off the ground, keep fruit in the fridge, prepare food over the sink when possible, and generally keep your kitchen as clean as you can.\n\n\n\nKeeping your outdoor garbage cans closed tightly can also go a long ways. Making sure that rats don't have an easy way to stay on your property will go a long way towards keeping them out of our home. You can also limit their options for getting in by sealing up any cracks or holes in your walls\n\n\n\nWhat If They Get In Anyways?\n\n\n\nSometimes, despite your best efforts, rats can get in to your home. If this happens, there are still things that you can do to try and solve the problem,\n\n\n\nIf you learn that your home has rats in it, you should prioritize making sure that more rats don't get in. That means doing the things listed in the previous section is a must.\n\n\n\nYou can also begin picking off the rats that are in your house using whatever traps you can get a hold of.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nYou should avoid using rat poison in your house though, as children or pets can mistakenly consume it and get sick. Rats can also spread it around the house before it gets them. If you do use poison, use it outside the house.\n\n\n\nOf course, the go to solution to a rat problem should be an exterminator. Exterminators are trained to thoroughly get rid of pests of all kind in a way that is safe for them and for you.\n\n\n\nWhat To Do If There Is A Rat In Your Toilet\n\n\n\nDon't panic! People who find rats in their homes often overreact using electrocution, flamethrowers, and even shotguns. All of these drastic , methods are more likely to damage you or your home than the agile and clever rat. Think Tom and Jerry, where you are Tom and the rat is Jerry.\n\n\n\nIf you find a rat in your toilet, it's important to make sure that it doesn't get out. You should close the toilet and put something heavy on top of it to prevent the rat from getting out. Then you should call am exterminator to deal with it.\n\n\n\nIf you're brave enough to confront the rat on your own, you should either trap it in the toilet and leave it there or try and hold it under water. Rats are really good at holding their breath, but they will eventually drown if you hold them down.\n\n\n\nYou can also pour bleach into the toilet bowl, which should kill the rat in about fifteen minutes. This is both safer and more effective than trying to use a weapon to deal with the poor little thing, although it doesn't seem especially humane to me.\n\n\n\nProfessionals use a snare to remove rats from toilets. A snare is a looped chord that catches the rat by the neck without harming it. Do not make a makeshift snare to deal with the rat! If you tie a trap to a string and lower it into the bowl, it's likely to catch a part of the rat like a hand or a nose, leaving the rat free and also angry.\n\n\n\nIn short, if you want the rat dealt with peacefully, call pest control.