Well, I've been through a lot of unpleasant stuff in my wise old age...but this one beats all. This morning we woke up to a pile of wood shavings under my basement door (leads down a set of stairs to the unfinished basement). We have a laundry/utility area down there which includes what I call the Worker's potty...we didn't get a portapotty while we did our renovations, they used the toilet in the basement. Any way, I went down to investigate thinking it might be some kind of critter (like a squirrel) to find droppings and a complete disgusting mess in and around the toilet, which had no water in it. Apparently a rat had crawled up the sewer line and out of the toilet last night. The plumber has already come and removed the toilet and capped the line and the exterminator has put down a lot of rat poision (in child and pet proof packs). Now there is no way for it to come back into the house. Thank goodness...but how disgusting is that? I have totally bleached my kitchen...top to bottom and I have thrown out all packaged food in my pantry. I just don't want to take the risk it got into the food, although there was no evidence of it. The exterminator didn't leave any poision in the kitchen, only in the basement. I stress that the dog, and the children are never ever down there. Has this ever happened to anyone else? The exterminator said this is one of the hazards of living so close to the water. He went on to tell me about all of my neighbors and their midnight visitors as well.