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'Hoarding' house infested with 'hundreds -- maybe thousands' of rats

Lunch fully digested? No squeamish kiddies in the room? OK, then you might just be ready to view what's in store on the next episode of "Hoarding: Buried Alive."

From personal tragedies to unfortunate pets to insect overload, viewers have come to expect outrageous scenes on the docuseries, and it doesn't get much more outrageous than the rodent round up in this exclusive sneak peek.

"This house is crawling," a biohazard expert explained after discovering a tremendous amount of rat activity at the show's next locale. "Quantity-wise, there would probably hundreds -- maybe thousands. I personally don't understand how somebody could possibly live like this."

In fact, the owner of the home, Aimee, died just months before her children launched the difficult cleanup effort. The subsequent tour of her property revealed a sofa and bedding largely consumed by rats and a nest of the uninvited guests right behind the toilet.

"Rats are definitely very, very dangerous creatures," the expert warned. "There was a lot of rat droppings and urine throughout their property, so that could possibly cause a health hazard when you're working that kind of environment due to Hantavirus. Hantavirus is caused by rat urine (or) rat feces getting into your lungs, getting into mucus membranes of your nose, and it does cause you to become very ill -- possibly death if it's not treated correctly."

Find out if Aimee's children were able to remove all the rodents when "Hoarding: Buried Alive" airs Wednesday night at 9 p.m. on TLC.

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