Natural Rat Deterrents

Rats are obnoxious pests that can invade your home without being welcomed and turn everything in the household upside down, and they carry more than twenty diseases that are dangerous for you and your family. 

If you have ever had your house intruded by rats, then you will know how stressful and annoying to have them as unwanted guests. So, if you notice any droppings or find holes chewed through food packaging, then rats has likely gotten into your home.

Trying to deter rats from invading a home or garden is not that an easy task because they are stubborn pests to deal with. In view of this, below are some of the natural methods to deter the presence of rats in your home or garden:


Cow dung is a natural deterrent for rats. This is because when they ingest the cow dung, it makes them to vomit and become ill which might eventually lead to their death. To do is to simply place the cow dung near to where the recent rat droppings have been discovered.


One of ways to naturally deter rats is through the use of ammonia because they cant withstand its smell. Ammonia is widely known to be a compound of nitrogen and hydrogen, and it has a strong smell that resembles the urine of a potential predator. To do this, you need 2 tablespoon of deteregent, a quarter glass of water and two cups of ammonia in a bowl. Mix it together and put it in a spray bottle, spray it at where you notice their presence or where their dung is.


Rats are mostly attracted by the sweet smell of bay leaves, and this is the reason why it makes the perfect deterrent for them. As inviting as the smell of bay leaf is, the highly toxic it is to rats, once they ingest the leave - they will eventually die. Just get some dried bay leaves and blend it together, sprinkle it on the suspected areas where they come in through.


One of the natural predators of rats is owl; therefore using the feathers of a owl is an effective method of chasing rats away from your home or garden. Just get pieces of owls feather and place it all over your yard or garden, this ensures that rat doesn't stay where it for long. Human hair is also another method that has been proven to also chase rats away.


Rats generally have a sensitive sense of smell, therefore using herbs and oil, fragrant plants is a good way of chasing them away, and one of the smells they detest is peppermint. The good thing about peppermint oil is that it gives the home a lovely smell and at the same time deterring rats.

Put some drops of peppermint oil on cotton balls and place them in the rat suspected area and it will do justice in chasing them away. It should also be known that you need to replace the cotton balls after 3-5 days depending on the amount of oil in it.

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