Rats are warm-blooded mammals that can be found all over the world. Rats are often found in fields, gardens, and buildings. Their oversized front teeth can cause excessive damage to homes and other buildings. Rats usually live about a year but can live longer under the right conditions. They can carry and spread diseases to humans and other animals. If you have rats living in your home or in close vicinity, you need to get rid of them. They can be very dangerous to you, your family and your pets. If you come in contact with a rat or rat-infested areas wash your hands thoroughly. Always wear gloves when handling anything contaminated with rat waste.

There are many ways to get rid of rats naturally. Using poisons and traps can be dangerous for people and other animals. There is no need to use drastic measures when there are so many other methods to try.

Try a few of these out and see how well they will work for you

Peppermint Plant and Peppermint Oil

Planting peppermint around your home can help keep rats away. Rats do not like the smell. Chop up some leaves and steep them in boiling water to make a peppermint spay. Spray areas around your home to ward off the rodents. The smell will dissipate after a few days, so reapply as needed. Cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil can also be used. Just place them near the areas that you see the rats to help keep them away.

Steel Wool

If you are trying to keep rats from getting inside your home, steel wool can be a very effective option. Steel wool is able to stop rats from entering your home through any holes or cracks because they have a hard time chewing through it. Rats can pull the steel wool out so you will need to put caulking around it to keep it in place. Steel wool is not a permanent solution, so you will need to replace it over time.

Moth Balls

Mothballs can help deter rats from coming into your home because they contain naphthalene. The odor from naphthalene gas is very unpleasant and can drive animals away. When it is inhaled it also makes breathing difficult.

Ammonia

Ammonia is another product that produces an odor that will keep rats away. The smell can be mistaken for urine and this will deter rats from coming around. Spray a barrier around your home or soak rags in the ammonia and place them in the areas where the rodents are entering your home or building.

Hot Pepper Flakes or Hot Pepper Spray

Hot peppers cause a burning sensation in rodents the same as it does in human and they don’t like it. They can also get in on their paws and rub their eyes which will cause burning. They cannot tolerate the burning sensation and will leave the area alone. The pepper flakes and spray will have to be reapplied often.

Onion

Onions have a pungent odor that rats cannot stand. Cut up pieces of onion and put them near any areas that are having rat issues to help drive them away. Make sure that your pets are not able to get to the onions. Onions are very toxic to some animals, especially dogs.

Bay Leaves

Bay leaves will not repel rats, but they will eat them. Bay leaves are poisonous to rats and they will end up dying. Place bay leaves around rat prone areas and continue to replace them until all the rats are gone. Bay leaves are also toxic to dogs and other animals, so be very careful where you place these.

Owl Feathers

Rats are terrified of owls for a good reason and placing feathers near problem areas is a great way to get rid of rats naturally. It might be difficult to find some owl feathers laying around your yard, but you can easily purchase them online.

Cow Dung

A very stinky way to get rid of rats is using cow dung. It might not be the most preferred method, but it is one of the best and it will do the trick. Spread some cow dung cakes around the outside of your home and rats will eat it. The dung will cause their stomachs to inflame causing them to die.

Dryer Sheets

The scent of dryer sheets is revolting to rats. Place some sheets in areas where rats are seen and the rats will find another place to live.

Cat Urine

Cats are natural born enemies of rats. Using cat urine around your home will repel these rodents. Once your cat has used their litter box to put some of the contaminated litter in containers and set these near any entry holes. They odor will keep the rats away. Make sure to use the unscented litter.

Cinnamon Oil

Cinnamon oil is another smell that rats despise. Soak some cotton balls in the oil and place them in the areas that you are seeing the rats.

Using poisons to exterminate rats is very cruel. Poisoned rodents will die a slow painful death. They are also a threat to pets and predators who will eat the poisoned bodies, in turn, being poisoned themselves. There are better and safer ways to remove rats from your home.

In order to keep the rats away, it is very important to follow the following tips. If you do not do your part they will return and you will have to deal with these dirty, disease-carrying rodents yet again.

  • Do not leave food and dirty dishes sitting out
  • Keep trash cans sealed and dispose of your trash right away
  • Keep food sealed and in closed containers
  • Putting cereals and other boxed foods in plastic containers
  • Seal all entryways, holes, and cracks

Since rats carry disease and can be very harmful to you, your family and your pets make sure you take care of the problem right away. Do not put the problem off or it will just get worse. If you are unable to take care of the problem yourself call in a professional exterminator before things get out of hand.