It happened, you have got yourself a rat problem despite your finest efforts to maintain your household. We understand. This conundrum can happen to even the best of us, but unfortunately, rodents aren’t so picky with their living location, which means that any nook and cranny is as cozy as a king-sized cushion.
Regrettably, contracting a rat problem is much easier than ridding yourself of the issue, especially if you prefer to address it by your own means. Harsh chemicals, though effective in getting rid of rodents, aren’t best for everyone, especially if it means potentially endangering those with whom you reside. Therefore, many choose the route of natural remedies.
But with so many approaches of home methods available on the Internet, who is to say what the best ones are and why they work?
Leave it to the experts! We have explored the web and found the 15 most effective natural home remedies for rat repellent. We know they work because they target the three main reasons why a rat is interested in your house. Those motives are the sinister sweets, super stenches, and easy access. Therefore, by altering their food sources, modifying smells, and eliminating home entry points, you can discourage a rat’s stay indefinitely.
1. Easy Access
Rats and robbers can be thought of in the same manner in that they both will enter a household and mooch off of another’s possessions if the targeted area is easy to get into. Ok, so a rat doesn’t just waltz through an unlocked door, but he does enter a house through openings in the home’s structure as small as a quarter sized hole. By keeping your home protected, you can secure you and your family from a rodent infestation.
Check out these ideas to keep rats away by means of home access:
- Baby Powder
There’s no doubt that rats are sneaky. We can feel their presence in our homes, and yet, we have no idea where they are coming from. The first step, therefore, is to track their activity to find their nest within your home. Any easy way to do so is by sprinkling a thin layer of flour or baby powder over the suspected location of rodent activity. Once the rats walk over the dusted surface, their footprints and movement will be left behind in the powder and can be followed back to their hideout.
- Steel Wool
Once their living location is spotted, the next step in stopping their progress is to block their means of entry. A simple solution to solve this problem is to block any hole with steel wool. This substance is relatively cheap, easy to use, and most importantly an effective means in keeping rats away. The fibrous steel is both uncomfortable to the touch and impenetrable to chewing, so it is the best short-term method in keeping rats away. However, a better, more permanent solution is to fill any hole with Spackle to completely seal your home from any vermin.
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We have all seen Tom and Jerry on TV and laughed at their silly antics; however, there is some truth behind the show: cats and mice don’t get along. Cats, natural born hunters, are keen on rat activity and are the perfect, environmental way to eliminate wild rodents. However, be aware that most domestic cat breeds are not the best mouse catchers because of their housebroken birth. Barn cats, on the contrary, maintain that “wild” instinct and are much more efficient at tracking and capturing mice; not to mention, their digestive track and immune system is much more equipped to handle the potential diseases that rats carry.
2. Sinister Sweets
Everyone enjoys a tasty treat and that also includes rats. The number one reason why rats enter a home is because an easy and targeted food source is readily available. So, if the rats are going to eat, might as well make their snack slightly unpleasant in order to discourage further activity. Here are some methods people have used to get rid of rats by means of natural food products and household items:
- Peanut Butter Traps
It’s the most universally adopted trick in the book, but it’s a favorite for a reason. It really does work! A simple spring-loaded rattrap simply won’t solve your rodent infestation because rats are rather shy creatures and will not go near foreign objects or diverge from a well-worn path.
Therefore, using bait to entice the critter to move will increase your chances of capture; however, not just any ol’ bait will work. Most dry foods set on a trap will not give off enough aromas to lure the rat, and if it does, the rodent can easily get the food from the trap without actually activating the springboard. Using an adhesive and aromatic food is best, which is why experts have used peanut butter for all various forms of baited traps.
The peanut butter is pungent, but also sticks to the traps, so the rodent will have to work at the bait in order to eat it, this setting off the trap and creating a successful capture.
This next method was taken from Grandma’s Home Remedies, where we later renamed the recipe “chocolate cement” after witnessing the ingredients listed in the mixture. Essentially, the concoction is a chocolate “cake mix” with a dash of powdered cement to lethally discourage rat activity. The cake mix consists of:
- ½ cup dry cement
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 cup flour
Mix all the dry ingredients into a bowl and place it next to where the rodents live alongside a separate bowl of water. The rodent will smell the sweet cocoa and gnaw on the powder formula, but since the mixture is drying, he will then proceed to drink the water. Once concrete mixes with water, it will form into a chemically reacted substance that will eventually harden in the stomach of the rat and cause a lethal infection.
- Bay Leaves
Bay leaves, though commonly used as a soup flavoring, are tasty in small dosses, but essentially poisonous when eaten in large amounts. The dried seasoning gives off a pleasing smell and often resembles a healthy food source to rodents as well, making it a sly way to administer natural toxins to rats. Place a handful of dried bay leaves near the living area of a rodent to entice him to nibble on the herb. Eventually, the toxins will work its way into the rodent’s system through digestion and cause death.
- Remove Food Supply
Simply put, rats live where the food is, so if there is no food available, there won’t be many rats. Everyone needs to eat for survival, but if food is not available, the population needs to move to a new location to find a stable food source. It is the same with rats. By taking away any possible food source, the rodents will be forced to leave by starvation and seek out a more hospitable environment.
3. Super Stench
Rats are highly sensitive to smell, which is why many houses that leave open food out and don’t clean up spills or crumbs have a higher risk of attracting rodents. A rat’s nose is his number one weapon when finding a suitable environment to live, but it’s also his number one weakness. His nose can lead him into tempting situations where danger lurks, and therefore, if you can displease a rat’s sense of smell, you are more likely to get rid of your rat problem. Check out these tips to help you extinguish rodents through the use of these superbly smelly objects:
Onions have one of the most distinct smells even by human standards, but a rodent’s nose, which is exponentially more powerful than ours, can detect the scent even further. The scent makes us tear up; imagine what it can do to a small animal that has this sense heightened. It’ll be a force to recon with. Try dicing up some fresh onions and placing the pieces around the areas where the rodent is suspected to live and roam. The stench should drive the rodent out of its living area and away from your home.
In almost every online source, you will find that rats cannot stand the smell of peppermint; it’s so pungent! Even though a majority of us find this flavor pleasing, the natural oils in peppermint are just too strong for a rat to handle, especially since their sense of smell is heightened. Therefore, go nuts with the mint! Dab some peppermint oil on a cotton ball and leave it near the rat’s point of access, sprinkle dehydrated leaves or mint tea around its path of travel, or even smudge mint toothpaste in corners to discourage mobility. Luckily, there are various forms of this herb to try on your home, so if one doesn’t work, perhaps another formula will.
- Tabasco / Pepper Spray: Many of us can’t handle the heat, but the spice is only intensified when it comes to tiny critters. Rats can’t process many peppers, and most don’t even go near the smell, so an effective natural remedy may be a spritzing of spice. This recipe was found on Grandma’s Home Remedies and consists of:
- ¼ cup of detergent
- 1 tablespoon of Tabasco sauce
- 1 gallon of water
Mix all ingredients together and pour the solution into a sprayer bottle. Spray the potential area of rodent activity frequently; the acidity of the oils in peppers and Tabasco sauce are painful to a rodent and will discourage his stay in your home.
- Moth Balls
Moths don’t like them and neither do rats. Why? It’s because of the distinct and powerful smell emitted from its chemical composition. Naphthalene and para-dichlorobenzene are the two chemicals that are associated with this scent, and apparently rats don’t agree with the smell. Place a couple of mothballs in various places around the suspected rodent territory to discourage their stay. Be careful; the chemicals found in mothballs can be dangerous to humans and animals if ingested or inhaled excessively. Make sure the mothballs are out of reach from small children and household pets
Many people have found success in repelling rodents with ammonia. Ammonia is a chemical gas with a powerful smell that is said to drive away rodents. Ammonia is found in many household cleaners and fertilizers, so by spraying continuous amounts in the suspected area of rat activity, it will discourage their stay. However, keep in mind that large amount of ammonia are highly toxic even though it is commonly used in many household products. Please use this solution with caution and keep out of contact with other people and animals.
- Cat Urine
As mentioned above, cats and mice don’t get along, and because of their long history of prey vs. hunter, rats have developed a natural fear of felines. Along with this fear, rodents are keen on scents that are associated with their enemies, and that includes cat urine. People have had success with using cat urine as a natural repellent to deter rodents from entering their home. Try spraying a diluted solution of cat urine around suspected areas of rat commotion.
- Bounce Dryer Sheets
One of my favorite scents in the entire world happens to be fresh laundry, but just because it is enjoyable to me, doesn’t mean every critter finds the smell attractive. In fact, many people have found success in repelling rats with the original brand of Bounce Dryer Sheets. The scent is revolting to rodents for some reason, and will cause them to seek refuge elsewhere if the product is placed in areas they frequently roam.
- High-Pitched Sounds
Ok, so sound isn’t exactly smell, but its still a heightened sense that rodents possess, so this trick seems fitting nonetheless. Humans have a limited range of sound frequencies, which means we can only hear some sounds that are made. Other animals, such as dogs and rodents, have a better sense of hearing than we do, and can detect some lower and higher pitches that are not audible to people. Dog trainers have taken advantage of this trait and invented a whistle, which emits a sound that dogs can hear, but humans cannot, in order to train the K-9 for various tasks. Similarly, many pest control agencies have created a sound box that constantly emits a high-pitched sound that is heard by rats but not humans. The sound is said to be so unpleasant that the rodents seek shelter elsewhere.
It’s time to take back the control of your house! Get rid of the rats so you can continue to live in peace within the comfort and safety of your home. Fortunately, there are many means in eliminating your rodent problem, and several are natural, safe, and found within your very own pantry. We hope these methods helped to solve your rodent infestation; however, if the task has reached beyond your own methods, let us help.
We, at Green Rat Control, have perfected rodent elimination, and we use naturally “green” methods in doing so, and therefore, you can still feel good about using “home remedies” in your elimination process. You can guarantee and healthy and safe experience with us, so give us a call or visit our website to make an appointment.
Source: Salon.com, Denise Krebs, Andrew Foggm, Sasha,