19 Home Remedies & Rat Repellents To Get Rid Of Rats

The two most common species of rats are the Norway rats and the Roof rats. Rats are incredibly efficient in ravaging pet food, garbage bins, and food droppings.

As filthy rodents, they carry numerous diseases such as rat bite fever, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, etc.

Some of the signs that you have an issue of rat infestation include;

  • Sighting of rat droppings
  • Gnaw marks on fixtures and furniture
  • Inexplicable fabric holes

Here are some good practices to note when dealing with rats;

  • Keep foodstuff in well-sealed containers.
  • Get rid of stagnant water puddles in your yard or gardens.
  • Keep your yard litter-free.
  • Keep your garbage bin clean and well-covered.
  • Remove all leftover food and grease from BBQ grills.
  • Cut shrubs and weeds around your yard or garden.
  • Once you notice signs of a rat infestation, ensure you frequently clean floor with antiseptic to protect your family from rat-causing diseases.

Below are 19 natural home remedies to get rid of rats;

1. Repel  Rats With Peppermint Oil

The strong and pungent smell of peppermint annoy rats and prevent them from coming to your house and yard.

Put a few drops of peppermint essential oil over a few cotton balls and place them at different places in the house. If the rats are destroying your garden, plant mint in small pots to permanently repel them.

2. Scare Them With Owl’s Feathers

Rats get scared by the presence of owls as owls prey on them. Placing a few owl’s feathers in the entryways and near their holes will scare them and deter them from your home.

You may also use toy models of owls and snakes to make the rats feel their predator’s presence.

3. Use Bay Leaves

Rats get attracted to the sweet smell of bay leaves. As a result, they try to eat it and die out of toxicity.

All you have to do is just place a few bay leaves in corners, near the garbage bin and inside their holes to get rid of them.

4. The Plaster Of Paris Trick

We can make a homemade rat killer poison by mixing 100gm of Plaster of Paris with 100 gm of cornmeal. Add one and half cups of milk into it and knead well. Make sure the mixture does not become too runny.

Make small balls with the knead and place it near the most visited placed or inside their holes. The cornmeal and milk will act as an enticer and make the rats feast on it.

They will be eating the Plaster of Paris which will get hardened in their digestive tract killing them.

5. Get Cow Dung

Cow dung can be effectively used to get rid of rats from your yard. If you have some of them,as manure, around your garden and precious plants, just spread some cow dung cakes, strategically, around your garden and farm.

The rats will eat it and suffer from stomach inflammation and death.

Cow dung act as a manure and help in making the soil more fertile. This is a great way to get rid of rats that are outdoors or in places like chicken coops.

6. Drive Them Away With Castor Oil

Castor oil repels rats in an efficient way. Sprinkle a few drops of the oil near the entry points and at places where you spot them most.

You can also dip some cotton balls in castor oil and place in areas where the rats usually wander.

Alternatively, you can also use citronella oil in the same way to repel them.

7. Sprinkle Baby Powder

You may use baby powder to get rid of rats, but this method does not always work. Well, there is no harm in trying this easy way to eliminate them.

All you have to do is get hold of baby powder and sprinkle it in the hiding places of the rats. As they come in contact with the strong smell, they feel intoxicated, and this is when you can catch them.

8. Lay Humane Traps

If you can arrange a rat trap, you can completely eliminate all the rats from your home one by one.

Set up the trap with a bait in it and wait for the pesky rodent to get trapped in it. Relocate it to a distant place to prevent them from returning.

9. Spread Toilet Cakes

Most toilet cakes have a strong smell that repels rodents out of your house. While the smell feels extremely refreshing to us, it is highly disliked by the rats.

Place a few toilet cakes in corners, attic, porches, and basements to prevent them from entering.

10. Use Cat/Snake Litter

Cat and snake are two of the biggest predators of rats and if rats sense their presence in your house, they would vacate the place.

Get some cat litter or dried snake litter from the zoo or the local pet store and spread it in the places where you notice them most.

11. Repair Holes

There is nothing better than repairing the holes and cracks that the rats use to get inside your home.

Inspect, your home, for their entryways and get them repaired and sealed to stop seeing the rats around your rooms.

Also, repair the holes in the walls, as these become a favorite hiding place for rats.

12. Clove Essential Oil

Put a few drops of clove essential on a number of cotton balls and spread them around the house in places where the rats make frequent visits.

Place a few cotton balls near the garbage bin to prevent them from wandering nearby.

13. Repel Them With Onions

Rats can’t stand the pungent smell possessed by onions. Keeping a few slices in the corners and near the entry points, of rats, helps in repelling them in a natural way.

Replace the old slices with the fresh ones as soon as the smell fades out.

14. Spread Human Hair

Human hair repels the rat and they will leave your home if they find hair clipping in their nests. So, get some waste human hair from a nearby salon and spread it near their nests and in the holes to get rid of them.

15. Sprinkle Baking Soda

Baking soda, being caustic, repels rats in a cost-efficient way.

Sprinkle the white powder liberally near the corners, in holes, and around their nests. You can also use it with a bait like sugar to kill the rats.

Place a bowl of baking soda mixed with sugar within their access and see them vanish from your home.

16. Feed Them With Instant Mashed Potatoes

Feeding the rats with instant mashed potatoes can eventually kill them. The flakes will expand in their stomach causing bloating and death of the pesky pest.

17. Get A Cat

Cats can successfully hunt and kill the rats present in your house. As soon as the rat senses the presence of a cat at home, it leaves your home for another place.

18. Patch Holes With Steel Wool

Steel wool is easily available and can be used in a hassle-free manner to patch holes that rats frequently use.

Rats dislike the steel wool, as they can not chew their way through it, and will be deterred by steel wool’s presence in their access points.

19. Repel Rats With Ammonia

The strong pungent smell of ammonia is great for repelling rats from your home and yard.

To make ammonia rat repellent, take 2 cups of ammonia and mix it with a quarter glass of plain water. Now add about two spoons of detergent and mix well.

Pour this solution into bowls and keep it in places most visited by them.


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