Rat Repellents

OK, here are a few ways to repel rats. Let’s start with the basics.

Clutter free home

It doesn’t require a PHD to realize that rats will probably avoid living, breeding, building their nests and searching for food on a sparkling clean property. So keep your house clean (and that includes your basement, garage and barn too), get rid of your garbage in time, etc. This way, even if you’re dealing with a few rodents here and there, there is a good chance to stop a bigger infestation from taking place. The cleaner your house, the better. And you’ll be a happier home-owner this way – guaranteed!

Counter-Argument: Quite often, rats tend to infest walls and the attic of your house, so even though you do everything possible to keep your property clean, take out the trash in time, etc, a clutter-less property is still no big reason for these rodents to stay away. Sometimes they tend not to give a damn and will simply create the mess themselves first, then start breeding. Sorry, it is the way it works ;-)

Mint

Yep, growing mint in your garden is probably the most cost effective way to repel rats naturally since it’s ‘almost’ free and these are known to hate the smell, the plant and everything in between associated with peppermint. Rats hate mint and any other herbal aromas. Period. They cannot stand it. Thousands of home-owners claim to have personally tested this multiple times. They say it works. So, plant either mint, spearmint or citronella plants in your garden. Not only it’s nice to always have some fresh mint to use when cooking and brewing tea maybe, but it may indeed repel rats away from your house. So if you’re looking for a truly natural DIY rat control option, check mint.

Counter-Argument: You may be able to keep certain rodents like mice and maybe even a few bigger rats away from your property if you have mint planted in your garden, but chances are quite big this WON’T HELP at all when dealing with a serious rat infestation.

‘But I don’t want to grow mint in my garden Jeff! Is there another option? Does peppermint oil repel rats?’ Yes, there is.

Peppermint oil

The lazy method for homeowners who don’t want to plant and grow mint in their garden, a.k.a peppermint oil also works fine. Don’t plant mint, repel rats naturally by simply spending less than $10 USD on peppermint oil. You can buy it online, via Amazon. Drip up to to 4-5 drops on a cotton ball, then place it in those spots where rats appear more often. By the way, castor and citronella oils are good alternative options as well.

Here are our recommended top 5 rat repelling products either 100% or partially based on peppermint oil and their producers, currently available on Amazon. You may want to check them out:

1. Peppermint Oil (by Now Foods)
2. Vitacost 100% Pure Peppermint Oil (by Vitacost Brand)
3. Mouse Away Concentrate (by SomaTherapy)
4. Bonide 12-Pack Mouse Magic Pest Repellents (by Bonide)
5. Critter Out Mouse & Rat Repellent (by Critter Out)

Counter-Argument: Some rat control experts are totally against using peppermint oil as a do it yourself rat control solution, claiming they’ve been able to use this particular scent as bait for their traps, LOL! I don’t know if this claim is false, or, once again, these guys are trying to sell their pest control services, but one thing is for sure: you won’t be able to stop a hungry pack of several hundred rats with just peppermint oil, no matter how pure or strong its scent is, how cool the brand of the company that produces it is, or how expensive the product is.

Naphthalene (moth) balls

People may argue if these can be regarded as a natural way to deter rats, but we decided to include them here. Naphthalene is created from an organic compound anyway. Using naphthalene balls is quite simple. Place and keep them in places like sewage lines, toilets, sinks and cupboards. The aroma emitted by naphthalene balls will make rats go away. As with mint, they hate it. Some homeowners report rats have suddenly disappeared after using moth balls. So don’t be afraid to use (or at least try) naphthalene balls to repel rats.

Counter-Argument: EPA.gov has classified naphthalene as a group C, possible human carcinogen (means people may actually get cancer when dealing too much with it). Also, studies show that moth balls have quite a high level of toxicity and therefore poison the environment.

Liquid rat repellents

These type of repellents are designed to scare rats, and consist of scents spread by the most fearful rodent’s predator ever, the cat. And we all know rats hate cats, right? ;-) Another interesting thing about good quality liquid rat repellents (which can be easily purchased on Amazon nowadays) is the fact that their smell usually don’t bother us, humans, meaning that you can basically spray them all over the infested areas, even inside your house and not worry about dealing with any unpleasant scent yourself. Please note, most liquid deterrents of this kind are based on predator urine (bobcat, coyote, etc). Some people even tend to use kitty/cat liter to deter rats.

Counter-Argument: It is said that rats have been living in their natural habitat since the beginning of times and therefore, got used to searching for food, existing and breeding in the close proximity of a deadly predator. Nevertheless, we are once again dealing with the endless debate between professional pest removal companies and firms who produce such liquid rat repellents.

Ultrasonic/electronic devices

Ultrasonic rat repellents or electronic rat repellents (electronic – since they need batteries to be powered on) a.k.a high pitched sound machines work by emitting a high frequency sound which rats hear (and supposedly cannot stand), but humans don’t. Their main goal is to keep rats away.

Counter-Argument: On May 3rd, 2001, the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) warned manufacturers and retailers of ultrasonic pest control devices to abstain themselves from falsely advertising their products as extremely efficient against rats and other pest, taking into consideration the real effect of these devices has been slowly diminishing through out out the years; rats simply got used to it already, heh.

Here are the top 5 ultrasonic rat deterrents, currently available on Amazon, that I recommend:

1. Black & Decker EP1100-A Ultrasonic Pest Repeller (by Black & Decker)
2. Ultrasonic Electronic High Power Pest Repeller (by DTMCare)
3. Home Sentinel 5 in 1 Indoor Home Pest Control Repeller (by Aspectek)
4. Victor M792 Heavy-Duty Sonic PestChaser (by Victor)
5. Garden Creations JB5028 Ultrasonic Cordless Pest Repeller (by Garden Creations)

Now moving forward to rat repelling methods that involve blood, tears and death:

Boric acid + peanut butter

This is yet another good option to repel rats, not very expensive, doesn’t require a lot of resources. Here is what you do: mix ¼ cup Boric acid and ½ cup peanut butter. Now create a bunch of marble sized balls and dump them near any rat infested areas in your house or on your property. This particular mixture has been proven to actually kill rats for good, once they ingest your mixture.

Counter-Argument: This may stop one or two rats, but how much Boric acid and peanut butter one needs in order to stop a REALLY BAD rat invasion?

Raw sweet potato

This is yet another good rat repellent solution if you are OKAY with killing rats. The way raw sweet potato works as a natural deterrent is quite simple. Once consumed (and rats love it!) a cyanide reaction takes place in the rodent’s stomach, thus causing death. With that being said, it is always a good idea to apply a little bit of paleo diet hacks in your daily meals ;-)

Counter-Argument: A home-owner dealing with a serious rat infestation may need a ridiculous quantity of raw sweet potato in order to kill a pack of rats. Funny. Will it work against several hundreds rats?

Raw dry beans and peanuts

Multiple studies and tests have proven that pest rats die once certain nutrients contained in raw dry beans and peanuts reach the rodent’s organism. The way it works is quite simple: It blocks the rat’s digestive system by aborting vitamin A and all those enzymes necessary to digest both protein and starches. Due to this, the red blood cells tend to cluster and the rat eventually dies.

Counter-Argument: You will probably go bankrupt buying large quantities of raw dry beans and peanuts in order to successfully apply this particular do it yourself rat control method.

A live cat!

No one can debate cats are great rat predators, and they indeed are. These felines have adapted, evolved and can bravely fight rats of basically any size. I’ve seen this with my own eyes. So if you ‘know/feel/hear’ to have several rats, giving you a terrible headache during the night, while you sleep (due to gnawing, scratching, etc) you may of course consider adopting a cat. You don’t need a ‘fancy’ one, just adopt any cat from your local veterinary and it should do the job.

Counter-Argument: No matter how good your cat is, there are certain spots in your house (like the attic and inside walls), where it is going to be physically impossible for the cat to reach in order to hunt for, kill those rats (and maybe eat them :P). Also, cats sometimes tend to become discouraged when dealing with a very serious rat infestation so you want to consider several, just to avoid it getting injured during those fight with rats (some hunt attempts end up being quite bloody, even for the cat).

Ammonia

You’ll find testimonials all over the place, especially online, on various forums, coming from people who claim ammonia is yet another top-notch liquid rat deterrent. Most home-owners tend to prefer this particular repellent because it is considered 100% non-harmful to pets and humans. In other words, it’s natural. The way ammonia works in order to get rid of rats is quite simple. You just soak some parts of the rugs on the perimeter of your house with mixture of ammonia and distilled water and it should do the job – they say. Another option would be to put the same liquid in a bowl in those rooms where rats tend to appear more often.

Counter-Argument: While ammonia typically falls in the category of powerfully scented products, plants and liquids (like mint, peppermint oil, naphthalene balls, etc) that supposedly SHOULD help to get rid of rats , will it really work during winter, when there is a -30 degrees Celsius temperature outside, and rats feel the probability of death is certain if they leave your house? Probably not.

Human hair

Some people swear rats dislike the presence of humans and will run away the moment they feel you are messing too much with their ‘privacy’. Using human hair to to repel rats is yet another rodent eradication option that you may find around the web. Just clip some hair and throw it near the spots where you last saw a rat, they say. Rats will go away, they say…

Counter-Argument: If you’ve carefully read this article from the very beginning till this moment, you probably know that we’ve started to preach about diy rat control option with this quotation: ‘Where humans live, the rat lives; what humans eat, the rat eats’. Guess what? It’s really how it works for rats. These rodents love humans, they cannot live without humans. No humans usually means no shelter and very little food. Think about it before using human hair as way to deter rats from the walls of your house.

Strobing light machines

These devices have become quite popular lately and one can easily purchase them for less than $50 USD on Amazon. Home-owners invest in high intensity strobing light machines not only to deter rats, but other rodents as well, like squirrels. Apparently, pest creatures residing in your walls and attic will become ‘intimidated’ by the powerful lights and will be forced to leave. You will find a lot of videos showing how these devices work on YouTube.

Counter-Argument: High intensity strobing light machines may provide a temporary solution when dealing with a few rats here and there. However, most professional pest control companies out there claim this is just fancy looking solution and claim it won’t work in the long run, especially when dealing with a large rat infestation. Apparently rats tend to get accustomed to these lights and tend not to care anymore.

Toilet cakes

Using toilet cakes to repel rats may seem funny from the very beginning, but rest assured you will find plenty of testimonies it works. Home-owners claim rats hate the smell, so fixing these in your attic or walls may do the job, temporarily.

Counter-Argument: Rats simply don’t care. When hungry, they will not pay attention to unpleasant smell and will do everything possible to get their food. There has been numerous cases of bigger rats attacking humans in their search for nutrition. So do you really believe they will become ‘intimidated’ by your toilet cake rat repeller in your garage, attic, walls, or basement?

151 thoughts on “Rat Repellents”

  1. Thank you for this – have never been comfortable with poisons but didn’t know there were so many easy, natural and effective ways to get rid of rats.

  2. I live in NYC. We lucky live right in the middle of 2 junk yards and the rats are unreal, also old abandon home near us that people squat at. We have tried it all from oil to bucket tricks….they are destroying our home, we have “rat proofed” clean any possible food etc. So lost. Scared to put posion out because of dogs. We have them blocked out but they are none stop trying to get in.

    1. Oh my …….I feel so sorry for you. I thought my problem was bad I live in a two family home my mother on the first floor, my sister just moved back but always had all her stuff on the second floor and her son lived there til he just recently passed away and he was a huge hoarder just like his mother. The entire second floor is filled with my sister and her sons stuff floor to ceiling. My mother on the first floor and my sister lives down there with her now refusing to move upstairs and clean, throw out stuff and live. I live in a separate house in the back and I have recently had a daily ordeal of dealing with these creatures. Everyday I buy traps, ammonia, mothballs,peppermint oil,peppermint tea you name it. I have always been OCD since I was a child about cleanliness so this is really giving me anxiety. I can not sleep at night always have every room with the lights on but ofcourse the lights do not deter the rodents from roaming the house. Please let me know what you do and what works, unfortunately moving is not an option as I am sure you wish you could. Rockaway Beach NYC

  3. I have a rat in my small garden it looks very old as its fur is patchy . It lives behind some rocks at the back of our pond. I have put sweet potato out for 3 nights and hoping it works. Will let you know.

    Thanks,

    Patty …………..Yorkshire UK

  4. I live in Florida and a neighbor had them in his attic and had lots of tress. They come down to my pool, chew the screen and end up dying in the pool. I have traps out and I have put bowls of water outside the pool cage so they can get water without destroying my screens. I am going to put metal screens around the pool cage.

    I will try the ammonia and mint. What else can I do?

  5. Thanks for the tips, we have one rat, and he has been on the loose for about 3 months…he was purchased as snake food and escaped the tank we had them in….he was treated like a pet and I just can’t catch him….he even got one of my candy bars, and only ate half…as if to share it with me. I haven’t found a nest yet, but he likes hanging out in our dresser drawers….I have a lot of essential oils, I just don’t want him dying in my house. I had that happen once, it was under the floor, and it stunk horribly for a very long time. I do have the electronic plug ins, they ran off the mice that we discovered, but not this rat. Have a great day!

  6. i live in nyc and the rats seem to be having a banner year. what about about buying black rat snakes from a distributor? can i just release the snakes near the rat holes? and hope that they will make a home for themselves?

  7. Our neighbor left tons of garbage on the porch. She passed and the owner has the problem of dealing with the rats. I’m worried they will leave that house and come to mine. They are only about 100 feet away.

  8. My friend would leave paper plates with peanut butter crackers laced with boric acid, they would be gone in the morning. He was able to keep them away for sometime. Problem was it wasn’t his place, and the other people living there were very unsanitary. You can’t leave other competing food around or they’ll eat that first. But it does work and never did one die in the house.

  9. I have a mouse problem, it’s not my house but I am house sitting. I found many pellets while sweeping a few days ago and some more while cleaning out an open cabinet in the kitchen. I think last week even seen one or two scooting under furniture. The home owner is into natural pest control and doesn’t want to have to deal with a dead rat. I would like to follow that plan of action. Mint already grows in the yard (could that be sending them into the house?), when I put a sprig in the cabinet and maybe one under the furniture won’t they then just find some other furniture to live under? There are two small dogs and a cat who have thus far not been good mousers; I have SEVERAL KITTENS. I am currently relocating my kitten infestation and will spread some mint trimmings around the house. If you have any better ideas let me know but this web page has told me everything I was looking for and more so let me get to ridding rats!!! Thanks and thanks in advance from the home owner!!!
    Nancy,
    feeling like
    Nancy Drew with a clue now!!!

  10. Hi, I’m living in Vancouver BC and the house I rent backs onto a trail system so I have all sorts of critters coming into my yard and house. I don’t mind the raccoons who are well behaved and don’t get into my garbage or house, same for the squirrels. I do however take exception to the rats and mice who started off by occupying the basement but are now in and in between the walls.

    I bought a few rat zappers and they worked well until word got around the rat neighborhood what they really are for. I went from having 2-3 “clients” a day to a week of nothing. I also discovered a skunk was getting in as one of the zappers was blinking but empty and the house stunk of skunk esp the basement. I removed the zappers but will put them back in a few days. The thing is, I don’t want to just be killing rats one after another; I want them gone! I don’t want to go into my basement to do laundry and see a couple of huge rats running on the rafters over my head. This is an old house I’m renting with a lot of character but also a lot of holes for the rats to go thru to get into the house. I bought the peppermint oil, the Rodent Defense spray, some gravel like product that you spread around the baseboards and a couple more products based on smell.

    My only concern is that I have 2 small dogs, Chihuahuas, who are about the size of the rats. Of the products you listed, which could be harmful to the dogs?? Do little dogs have the same reaction to these products that the rats do? The worst area is the basement but my concern is once I’ve sprayed, powdered and left cotton balls of peppermint in the basement , the rats are just going to move into other areas of the house! I did see one run in to the living room and head up the fireplace and my sister saw one behind her toilet. I would like to address the areas we are in most first so they won’t head from the basement into those areas. Which products do you think are the most effective and safest for the humans and dogs in our living areas?? Thanks for your help! Julia

    1. I read on a site that, although there are several examples such as these to try to help with the removal of rat, the only sure fire way to keep them from getting into your areas such as your house is to get some steel wool as plug up ever hole that exist!

      Also, although the big wooden rat traps may be thought of as cruel, or inhumane… you can see and have access to the rat to remove it from your home as opposed to the rat dying somewhere in a wall and you can not get to it (you have to deal with the awful smell)!

      Something to think about!

    2. If your scared of the peppermint oil on the Cotten balls for your dogs you could buy a diffuser which is a small humidifier that you put the peppermint oil in I have a bigger one rigged up in my attic that I run 24 hours a day so far its worked.. But I live in a condo and m neighbors have to do this also to get rid of them all.

  11. HEY THANKS I WILL TRY THIS HAVE NO QUAMS WITH KILLING RATS BUT WANT TO NOT KILL A CAT OR DOG OR INJURE THEM or other benign animals. Rats are a problem in desert areas that are populated with kids, babies, and pets. I SAW THESE ELECTRONTIC DEVICES THAT ELECTRIC SHOCK THE RAT BUT FEARED IT MIGHT KILL CAT — BATE IS PEANUT OR PEANUT BUTTER– I could put Rue on the entrance to deter a cat, but would it also deter rat??? Rats don’t like mint– Do you know about rue????? What do you know about these electronic electric traps that electrocute rats??

    Sharon@softsidebooks.com

    1. Hi Sharon,

      I have been fighting juveniles rats in my villa in South Florida for the past 6 weeks. I got 4 of them being 3 in an electric trap. I have a dog so I set the trap “on” just at night and keep my dog looked in my bedroom with me. In the morning, I turn it off and release my dog. I find this trap an easy, clean and very effective way of catching the rats.

  12. We have just moved to Bali.
    Was told not to live by paddy fields as paddy rats and snakes comes over for visits everynight.
    So took that advice, avoided places by paddy fields…but no, they are just about everywhere. just found out what those smell is from my kitchen drawers and those little black pellets that were left behind. Have been cleaning drawers out every 2 weeks. Thought they were geckos/lizards and have been trying it with eucalyptus oil in soda bicarbonate in a jar. That does not work.
    So will try the mint method, otherwise it will be the bait if it does not work.
    But thank you for putting this up. Appreciated it.
    Leng

    1. Hey!

      I live in Bali too and have a bad problem with our kitchen and bins. No way really to block it off because as you know most living in Bali is open living to outside areas. Did you have any luck with peppermint oil or anything. I have killed many with those sticky traps but I’m just not a fan at all with having to deal with a half dead rat. They will always keep coming back so I just want to deter them away.

  13. I use VITAMIN D3 5000IU CAPSULES (NOT D2- too weak).

    CHEAP at most pharmacies. Find a dog kibble that Rats LOVE. I use ATTA BOY dog kibble and put in various rooms(NOT OUTDOORS) 20-30 poisoned kibbles a nite total- till most RATS are gone or entrance gets plugged. .. Using a syringe\needle- Carefully push needle into a room temperature capsule and withdraw Vit D3 oil and put ONE(1)DROP onto each kibble. Wait till absorbed(10 minutes) and put another drop on kibble(2 total)and let soak into kibble.. Spread poisoned kibble around on Plastic or glass saucers or Cottage cheese tops -wherever rats are(NOT OUTSIDE). (WASH HANDS throughly, as VIT D3 is absorbed into the skin)

    All other creatures( ALL MAMMALS- Dogs, Cats, squirrels, chipmunks,weasels,birds OR PETS that eat more than 2-6 of this poisoned kibble will DIE). ANY animals that eat more than 1-3 POISONED rats or mice will die too.. Kills by HYPERCALCEMIA..(Excess calcium in blood and kidney. Jams up Kidneys and screws up Heart Rhythm). ALL animals, mammals and RODENTS who eat this Kibble will DIE in about 2-6 days depending on animals weight and amount eaten. Veternarians can ‘bring back’ some pets like dogs\cats\PETS – if ‘caught’ in time.. ‘MOST’ of the Rodents I poisoned seem to go outside to die, maybe for water. I live in a forest and my WILD Rodent supply is endless.. Each day NEW rats appear and will ,UNTIL I can repair\plug the holes under the house. I Had at least a hundred Mice and RATS when I first discovered their damage ,now have about 3-5 NEW rats daily.

    VITD3 in EXCESS, is POISON for ALL MAMMALS..BEWARE……

  14. I live in the inland empire in California. A lot of home & apartments have been built over once empty dirt lots. The rodents have obviously fled to nearby surrounding homes and gardens like mine. I see their droppings quite frequently around outside my home. I was able to use a rat zapper to dispose of about 13 rodents. I am desperate for free help and advise to dispose of rodents and keep my outside home and garden free of infestation. Please provide any and all suggestions, your help is greatly appreciated – thank you!!

  15. Thanks for this wealth of information. I am presently encouraging the joy of eating off the traps Having caught one under our deck and maimed something ,as there was blood everywhere ,but no one in the trap. After the catching no more in the trap So we have moved them .Filled up holes each time they appeared around the deck and yard. they seem to be not under the deck anymore well so it seems The y are still comming through the fence from the next door neighbours yard.Which has shed surrounded with debris Tyres, wood leaves etc not to mention the copious amount of dog poop . we pick ours up daily .. almost as soon its dropped we scoop. HAve discussed with the neighbour but what can you do . so we are trying to trap . i shall try the raw sweet potatoe grated and see if it disappears. If so then that would be best to kill them As its no us trapping one . they breed so fast. I have seen foot prints all winter and took a while to track the intruder/ any other advise would be greatly appreciated We live in Ontario Canada. we have blocked as mny hole with netting etc and large stones So we have then coming in the one area. is this best as we have a dog I do not want tolay poison bait ..Thanks

  16. Hi,
    I have been feeding the birds and squirrels on our patio outside. we have gotten lucky not to have any inside our place. Would peppermint work outside? I bought some Ratx that I thought was a repellent but I think it kills them and dehydrates them. I do not want torture them just have them go away. How should I use the peppermint oil? Thank you in advance.

  17. I have a summer home in the mountains of Wyoming where I have had ongoing problems with pack rats chewing up my patio furniture, entryway rugs, urine and feces left on deck and furniture. I have poisoned them and it has helped but I am looking for a spray or something I can put on the rugs and cushions to stop them from ruining my patio furniture cushions. Is there such a thing? Thank you!

    1. Hi Jeff. I live in the central Oregon high desert. I have a bad problem with pack rats too. I was getting it under contol but left for 6 mo and am nack at it. The best thing I found to spray is Pinesol. You have to use the name brand. It really works cause they hate the smell. I even have to spray under the hood of my vehicle cause they chew the wires. This does not kill them and you need to get rid of them. Besides spraying Pinesol everywhere everyday I also trap them. I tie a shiney piece of gold string around the metal tab and use spray cheese cause it gets hard and sticks to the string so when they bite they get the string too which helps set the trap off. I also mix cornmeal, instant potatos, and instant oatmeal together and put pilesaround and each morning they are gone. Cant say for sure if it works on the rats but it for sure does on mice by swelling inside them and they can’t digest it then die. I’m gonna try the sweet potatoes and maybe the peanut butter with boric acid depending on if it can hurt my dogs or not if they get one of the rats. My huskies are pretty good hunters!

  18. Hi from New Zealand yes we have rats down here too they where getting into my hot water cupboard I got rid of them with a new type of poison(Warfrin didnt touch them) They are now gone and I will try some of your suggestions to keep them away thankyou.

  19. We have rats under our 12 x 12 addition on pilings about six inches off a cement slab which cannot be sealed off without great expense We have a large dog, so I’m hesitant to use poisons. Dog does chase rats, which I’m hoping will cause they to vacate the premises. We have taken down all bird feeders. Sweet potato may work, but I fear the STENCH OF A DEAD RAT, INACCESSIBLE TO REMOVE UNDER THE ADDITION. Aren’t they apt to die within or near their primary shelter? Or are they more apt to wander off? I bought peppermint teabags to drop additional peppermint oil on to repel them out of there, but they are still present. Perhaps it is too large a space outdoors for this to be effective once animals take up residence.

  20. I have filled and destroyed holes and put gopher/mole pellets down hole 1st. Also tried D-con pellets but holes cam back in another place. Tried traps but they were always undone probably by raccoons, Then tried spreading a repellent in flowerbed after making sure no more holes. With a couple of hours my dog went under my wire fence that was around the flower bed and killed the rat. So far no more holes and have put out a rat bait station and does not look like it had been eaten.

  21. I have a veggie patch which the rats are eating – they are consuming everything in there this includes a large crop of Sweet Potato – they consumed 22 sweet potato’s in one night so I would have to strongly disagree that this is a repellent!! They continue to eat through different veggies each night – spring onions, leeks, green tomato’s, beans, sweet peas, broccoli. I have a dog so am unable to bait. Rats are territorial and will not move home just because of a bad smell. Moths balls do not work, not does mint, human hair or toilet cakes??

  22. Would anyone know if the raw sweet potato is dangerous for any other animals such as small dogs, raccoons and squirrels?? I only want to get of the rats and mice, nothing else but I am frightened if I leave the raw potato outside, several animals would have access to it and possibly die as well. Another issue: it says the raw potato converts into cyanide in their stomachs and other animals could die from eating a dead rat. I know my Chihuahuas are unlikely to eat one nor our little squirrels but what about raccoons, do they eat dead rats? What animals would eat dead rats?? Thanks everyone!

  23. Hello, we have rats in our backyard. We have put the bird feeder away, we have dug up and covered the area they mostly ate at with gravol..and they still are here. Neighbours had garbage at one time along the fence, also animal feces from dog they never cleaned up. Due to us feeding birds and squirrels for over 20 years, never seen rats before, neighbours are blaming us. The rats are everywhere. Neighbours down the street have them, a friend on the other side of town just found some in her yard. What is a natural way to rid of the rats wtihout setting down poison of any kind due to other animals that visit our yard?

    1. Ok so your neighbors are very wrong. Rats are attracted to dog poo. My parents neighbors have always fed birds and squirrels and I never once saw a rat growing up. I had rats about 8 years ago in a townhouse in Hawaii. My next door neighbors were un intentionally feeding them milk bon dog treats by not sealing them up and not cleaning up their pet waste. So I got rats because they were not diligent to keep all food stuff sealed and they were drawn in do to the poo in their yard that they never cleaned up. They had 2 large Labradors. My husband and I called a pest control expert and had him plug all the holes or potential holes in our home and theirs with steel wool and brillo pads. We baited traps behind our fridge with dried shrimp from the Asian mart and dog treats. We had the pest control man tell our neighbors about the dog poo and how that was what caused the rats to move into the area. They shaped up really fast. For yard purposes I would buy traps and put them in places that pets don’t go like a shed. For indoor problems we used 409 to clean everything because it doesn’t show under black light and then every morning I tracked them with the light. Found out where they were going because their urine and glands leave a white trail to follow. Then I set traps only where they went. they seemed to follow the same patterns night after night. I kept our dog in our bedroom with closed door while we slept so we could put a few open area traps out at night. Within 5 months we were rat free. There were a lot of rats we caught 6 and our attached neighbors a lot more than that. We never saw another rat. I highly recommend the dry shrimp, carrot peelings and dog treats as bait. Some cities and housing communities have dog waste clean up laws. If your area does you might be able to call the city and let them know about the rats and the dog poo.

  24. Not only am I strapped for cash but I worry about using poison around my dogs. I cant bring them in because of my cats. Great to know there are other remedies.

  25. Our neighborhood is being overrun because of “development” barn rats that lived for decades in some old abandoned barns are now homeless, and their “territory” disturbed by housing developments.

    This is the FIRST time anyone in the neighborhood has had problems with them. Our usual pests are rabbits, not rats.

    And most of us have pets, so using poisons are not really an option either.

    I will be sharing this site and trying some of the methods. We had rabbits in previous years, I will take rabbits over rats.

  26. I have Pack Rats in the home. I have asthma so even though I have
    chased them around with PineSol I may have to flee as my lungs shut down! Have fought them for 2 months. Locals try to help but no success. We have 2 indoor cats who can’t get behind walls. There isn’t any ProPest help here but an Owner of one told me I’m doing
    all he would. I just moved in a year ago. The cabin is on 3 levels.
    I am now sleeping on couch. These tend to like light,noise,activity. I am very
    stressed & spent $400 for my food to buy traps,bait,poison..They have destroyed insulation,metal on new furnace,ate Cherry Tree,built nest in Ford,chewed wires.My daughter wanted to visit but now can’t park her car overnight! They were not here during Home Inspection.I was careful not to chase them inside but they still did. We do not have Livestock in barn. Appreciate any help!Disabled widow…SOS!

  27. Hi there,
    My problem is not the house (which is thankfully clean, decluttered are free of any rats) but my food garden…I’ve been growing food for many years and never experienced any problem. Bu recently they have cut a nearby forest and rats, raccoons and all kind of critters are looking for new habitat and eating my tomatoes, peppers and blueberries…
    I have mint planted and also two (old) cats and one dog but this doesn’t seem to bother these rodents…I don’t want to use toxic stuff, any ideas?

  28. Hi all, I’m from Hong Kong and live in a village off a beach. Locals visit and leave food and garbage behind that attracts rats and all small animals. They run through the beach and through the village regardless of the time of the day. We have rat baits, traps, and many homeless cats but it still dosent stop these rats coming back. I trap rats everyday and deliberately scare them to make them pee to scare off other rats. But it dosent seem to work. We normally let one go free out of ten captured after being mentally frightened. By doing so I hope they will communicate back to avoid coming back. Don’t know if it works or not but it’s worth a try.

    Cheers

    Kiu

    1. Hi Kiu , I am Ava , i leave in Hong kong too and have a rat problem in my roof top where i work and try to grow a veggie garden ,I will try peppermint oil and other things recommended by other and see if it works but i just want to let you know that it does not work to scare out Rats or mice like you do and let them go to warm others . Sorry but i find it cruel and not efficient , and probably not good for you to do this kind of things . Thanks for your reading and comprehension .

  29. We live in Kansas. When workers tore down our outdoor deck last week they discovered a pack rat on the deck in a small left over pile of wood from last winter. We have house cats and cannot use poisons. We also hate rate traps. The construction worker said to purchase sweet potatoes in one inch cubes as you mentioned. We did this and placed them around the house. How often do we replace them? Are we attracting mice and rats by placing the potatoes around the house? Can we have a wood stack on our new deck and not have to worry about pack rats? What is your advice for the faint of heart like us who do not want to maintain traps or use poison?

  30. i have a horrible RAT problem… please help my family and i recently moved to Bakersfield CA. we have recently noticed rats demolishing my moms garden we have tried mint. they ate it!!!! we tried moth balls and even snap traps with no success… wee have noticed they leave aloe alone and cactus but we would love some color any advice at all???

  31. I recently had a rat in my house. I have lived here 7 years, and this is the first. I have 4 indoor cats – they do not go after it. I would love to try essential oils as a deterrent, but, am concerned about the oils effect on my pet cats.
    Do you know of any that can be used as rat deterrent that are safe for felines?

  32. Rats have eaten my carpet by my stairs and room doors. trails of rat poop everywhere. tried glue traps and caught a couple of small mice

  33. we used these glue traps we found online somewhere, they are peanut butter scented, and we have caught rats outside, more than 5 times. This is an awful situation, but the peanut butter traps help.
    I am going to try the NOW company mint on cotton balls too.

  34. Rats have suddenly started running across the fence in our garden day and night
    There are pigs and hens in the garden next door is this the cause and what can Ido
    To keep them awat.

  35. We have rented a farm to keep our horses. The old barn, which we need to keep hay in, is full of pack rats. They have chewed the strings on the previous tenant’s hay bales and there are droppings everywhere. I would prefer not to poison them but I am encouraged to be using many other strategies, some of which I am reading about here, to help keep the rodents away.

  36. We had a problem that seemed larger at first and caught several with traps and killed some with the bb gun. We were able to locate to holes in the perimeter of our home which we patched up. There are no other means of entry to our home. there does however to be one left trapped inside. We have the bait stations and the green poison cubes which appear to have been partially consumed. there is much less activity, but this one is still hanging on.

  37. Rats, mice, rabbits or something keeps chewing the wires in my car. I just installed the Rid-A-Rat product but wasn’t that long ago so don’t know if that will work. I want to put some kind of smell they don’t like on my motor. Any recommendations for that?

    1. Me too. Had to buy a whole new set of battery cables. Chewed the next night too. My mechanic said they hate tdiesel fuel. He spray some around the engine compartment and they never came back. Just wish it worked on my shed.

  38. Found droppings under an outdoor BBQ assembly. Went and got Rat and Mouse Poison. Worst mistake I ever made. Day after food was placed under the BBQ a dead rat was found about 20 feet away. I figured it did the trick. The next day I actually scared a rat who was coming out from the behind the BBQ. He did not die because I saw him again the next day when my dog went after him. The rat got away to my neighbors ward. Word to the wise. DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES USE A POISENED FOOD LURE. I had an issue with one rat previously, now dead, but now the food has advertised itself to the whole neighborhood. I have since sealed the openings to the BBQ assembly and removed the toxic food.

  39. IThis is the first time I heard about the sweet potatoe being poison,I’d really like to try it but like others are conserned about my pets and other little critters I enjoy having around,ie chipmonks.I haven’t heard anyone mention the old cement in the grain and leave some water by so when they drink the cement exspanes or other internal distress.Also alkazelzer tabs and they drink and have inernal hemroage.Maybe that sounds inhumane but I HATE RATS.I’d like to hear about any ones success with the sweet potatoe.I notice there were a few that didn’t have any.

  40. We had a rat who burrowed below our front garden fence to take up residence below our back garden decking. Called out the pest control, then cemented all along the front garden fence. I have noticed that the rat has been back because there are scratch marks in the cement. How do I deter the rat?

  41. I live on 5 acres of land, with an old unused barn. My infestation started in I believe 2012 when our neighbors to the left of of bought the property. They never burnt the gigantic burn pile of trash filled with babu diapers ect. Their father decided to put chickens in the old coop! The infestation slowly started I didn’t realize it up until last fall I hear chewing in my crawl space, I trapped 2! Of course I didn’t think of their’s more!After the back half was mowed down for hay all hell broke loose. I finally just a week ago got one out it chewed holes I blocked them. Under a week later I have another it is very destructive! Snap traps 10 plus glue traps nothing. As of right now I can hear it or the ones from outside in my walls & up in the ceilings. I live in a remaufactured home made by Redman alone with a new addition with garage. An access point with a attic opening I taped shut.That’s how one got in the other I think squeezed through the door from house to garage. That is also infested I’m using assault & 2 bait stations outside. I’m trying peppermint inside as of last night I pray it works. I am disabled with lupus & lymes disease,seizures I have Cadsill a genetic disease that comes along with blood clotting disorder/strokes to much stress can cause strokes,& my immune system is very compromised, I’m only 35 yrs old.I can’t handle this health wise nor afford any repercussions & illnesses & stress ect, This has been an on going ordeal for a damn month my body can’t take it anymore! Also 2 pest control idiots came out to say there’s not a bad infestation & your house is sealed up tight dumbass’s it’s not rats chewed ways into the siding ect. Really their on my roof,climbing siding living in it ect & eating it.You can visibly see their slides, poo ,urine that’s crystalized white or burnt amber orange color & turns grass white & kills it right away so my lawn looks horrible. I have a dog 2 cats their itching from its fleas from it being inside & mites too. I have to police my poor dog not to go here n there don’t eat the grass when I take him outside to eliminate.I don’t understand y these rats aren’t dying? At first I used decon a joke then Tomcat, now I’m using Assault this stuff kills after 1 feeding! The ones that have eaten these & the Assault aren’t pooping normally or pissing it’s like the squirts with nothing but a lot of piss! But seem to be living, found 1 dead rat Juvenile 10 days ago.Oh mind u pest guys said that rats won’t piss those colors or move away from walls due to predators, b.s.my car inside is filled with urination,poo on the outside! Pavement looks like crystallized swirly marks & rusty color with black slildes n swirls from rats,when cement was flat n smooth.Also my garage is destroyed with urine & poo squirts all over the doors walls, floors, anything stored in there & in their path! I’ve gone mad I don’t know what else to do my lord help me please. I just want my life, home & car back. I can’t even park it inside the garage it’s not safe anywhere I put it! I do apologize for being so long. I need advice asap please this house is beautiful & was going onto the market for sale, not now these rats have destroyed & damaged it, to where I have to spend alot of $$$$’s out to fix the siding ect I’m on a fixed in come! 1 more thing I have found the rats nesting areas there are several of them! I’m dropping gigantic explosive in their nesting holes in the barn today except for in the wood pile & under the front porch unless I start pulling boards of cause I belive their burrowing under to crawlspace. Please help me! Peppermint oil, moth balls ect something has to work. I can’t even use my stove I have to buy new, which I can’t afford at this time. It’s gotten into fridge n freeze pissed n the ice cube bin ect & deep freezer n knawed on $20 of meat! With my serious health conditions,I can’t b around this & not being able 2 eat right I’ve dropped 20lbs.in under 3 wks. So any advice would so help me!! Be so much appreciated as well. What will work before this breaks the bank.please help!

  42. At the moment our area in Berkeley California seems to have a rat infestation. Everyone has a rat problem of some degree. We have a fountain outside the house that seems to be a magnet for a pack of 5 to 10 rats that are borrowing under the house from the neighbors. I have a gallon ammonia to the fountain water ( it’s about 100 gallons so I’m not sure if I need to add more). I’ve also placed mothballs around the area where I see the rats coming from. None of this has worked. Now I’m thinking of adding cotton balls laced with peppermint oil or citronella all around the fountain. Do you think this is a waste of time and I should just drain the fountain until they disappear or keep trying something else?

    1. Location is Nassau Bahamas. Have rats that enter my yard through the fence from one yard and runs across my yard to the nest yard. How do I stom them from passing across my yard?

      1. What can I use to deter rats from entering my yard through the neighbor fences on both sides. Both neighbors have dogs. I love to entertain in my backyard , however these rats are not afraid to run across my yard even when I am entertaining and the yard is crowded with people. This is very embarrassing.

  43. This is just a theory, I havent tried it yet for rats, but I’m about to at a ranch that I’m moving out to, which is infested with rats. Get a steel drum or something that you don’t believe the rats will chew through, put peanut butter on crackers, pet kibble or something similar, put it on the bottum of the barrel and place it somewhere that they can fall into and can’t climb out, it works with mice by taking a shop vac filled with some type of bait, they’ll go up the hose and fall inside, as long as the shopvac has a deep, smooth interior they can’t get out, then kill as humanely, co2 works great to gas them, but a bit pricey.

  44. Thank you thank you thank you! I live on 15 acres on the southern suburbs of Melbourne and although we don’t have chickens (to encourage rodents) I do have hay and a 10m x 10m veg patch which currently is home to at least two rodent colonies (have tunnels under my berries and also the strawberries). I really don’t want to use a poison which will then Kill any wildlife investing deceased rodents so I’m going out tomorrow to buy sweet potato and some mint plants! And plugging in the recently purchased electronic deterrent! Hopefully I have some success.

  45. I have had a problem with rats and mice dying under my floor boards for years. I live at the end of a terrace where they come to die. Can you help.

  46. My husband and I just purchased a home in Oregon.We discovered we have a rat problem.
    I really enjoyed reading everyone’s issues.
    It helps to get some perspective on the problem. I laughed when I read Codys creative idea. My thought is how does one dispose of dead rats? I have no qualms about killing the nasty vermin. Its them or us and it will definitely be them !!! I will probably use traps w/peanut butter. Ours are in the walls and are accessing them from the outside walls from under the foundation. I will let you know how it goes.

  47. Rats, help… I had someone come out before, they said it was good and any problem they would be back… Just heard the noise tonight, want them gone!!!!! I need them gone for my wife and my two year old son… Please please…..

  48. I live in an apartment comex where i just found out my neighbor had a rat farm in her house… For months ive been seeing an increase in rats so now im needing to het rid of the problem… Please HELP!!!!

  49. Like so many of your commenters, we have a problem with rats – electronic rat deterrents on a plug work well in the house – they don’t stay long in the roof space, because the electronic deterrent sends a pulse up the wires which connect in the loft (you don’t mention this particular type, but I’ve found it the most effective one and we’ve used it for several years successfully). However, outside is a different matter. We keep guinea pigs, who live outside on the lawn in the summer, and have had the problem of the rats eating through the bottom of the guinea pig hutch to get at the dry food. At the moment I’m bringing the guinea pigs in at night, so as to feed them dry food only then, and they eat grass in the day. This makes it difficult, however, to use electronic deterrents, as guinea pigs are rodents, except well away from where their hutch/run is. The same would be true for peppermint. A friend’s terrier, well known for ratting, killed one of the guinea pigs one day so that is a bit perilous too!

  50. When blocking a rat
    hole with cement, mix the cement with tiny pieces of broken glass. This will dissuade rats from digging.

  51. Cannot seem to get rid of the Rays they keep coming and giving me grief. What can I do? I cannot even leave food or or ina type they whom find a way to get to it?

  52. I hate snitches who cooperate with the police especially if their affiliated with a gang. If you want to be in the “game”, you gotta play by the rules.

  53. Gail, they mean true sweet potatoes, not yams! Be sure to research this carefully because many grocery stores call yams, sweet potatoes, and vice versa. There’s more confusion as some sweet potatoes can be the orange color of yams. I stared forever at images of yams and SP’s to try to get it right but even some of the images were labelled incorrectly! I buy the tubular sweet potatoes that are whitish inside like a regular potato. Fortunately my grocery store labels them correctly.

    Having said that, I have thrown diced cubes of SP’s outside where I know the rats are getting in and exiting about four times and I haven’t noticed a difference. With the cold snap they just want in the house. I rent the house and have asked the owner to have someone fix the holes but a) he hasn’t sent anyone over yet b) this is an old authentic loghouse and there are holes and spaces all over for them to enter c) I stopped the SP’s as he was concerned his cat might eat the dead rats and be poisoned so I haven’t been able to give it a fair shake. I’m now starting on the electromagnetic units that repel rats supposedly but do not hold on to much hope as the sound can’t go through the walls. I’ll report back on my progress!

  54. We have a rat in our utility room. I am 100% terrified of Rats. My bedroom is right to the utility room. I have been using putting 5 drops each of Pepermint oil on several cotton balls & been putting extra drops behind the washer & dryer & on the rugs in the utility room. I do this three times a day. The utility room wreaks of Peppermint Oil & we have now seen the rat twice now & one time was at 8:30pm last Saturday & today at twilight at 4:26pm. It doesn’t seem to be bothered by the smell. Peppermint oil has worked before in the past in our kitchen cabinets, but not this time in the utility room. This rat is clearly not bothered by the peppermint oil smell. We hired an exterminator & hopefully he will be able to resolve the rat problem. Rules of advice, try to find where the rats are coming in at & have it fixed & have an exterminator trap them. I’m not much for traps, but like I said earlier. I’m terrified of rats & I just want them gone before Christmas gets here. You can have the cleanest house in the world & they still get in.

  55. I have been fighting a recent infestation of rats in my rather countrified/suburban neighborhood on a lake. I have been successful at dropping poison down rat holes on string, and then covering the hole over with a paving stone so my dog cannot get to the poison. I check the holes and find the poison gone after a day or two. But, the best method to date has been my very brave Mini Schnauzer “Willie” who has killed off several over the last few weeks. However, I am going to try a few of the natural alternatives around my birdfeeders which seem to attract the rats. Perhaps mothballs or ammonia.

  56. I do not know the best solution but I know I can not live with them. I live between vacant homes. How long does it take any of these products to work. Moth balls, peppermint, all of it because I want the one that works fast and efficient.

  57. i can find rats in my loft and flour boards whats my best way 2 get ride off them ive killed loads off mice soo far and there still getting in ive coverd every space that they where getting in from but i can still here them at night and day whats pepper m says:

    Idj

  58. We have outdoor (probably palm) rats getting into our cars, which is a very expensive problem to fix, once they start chewing the wires, peeing in the heat and air system, etc. We have tried natural moth repellent and peppermint to no avail. We are worried about the dangers of moth balls AND we can’t buy them anyway because the local stores are SOLD OUT! We have indoor cats and our neighbors have dogs, so we don’t want to put down any poisons and/or have dead rats lying around. We think the rats are worse than usual this year because we all had a lot of flooding this summer, but regardless of the cause, we just want them to go away. Any more advice? Thank you!

  59. I think I might try using peppermint toothpaste at some of the boundaries, so it sticks to their feet. Maybe having to lick peppermint off their cute little toes will be more repelling to them than simply smelling the expensive oil!

    1. One problem with using a dog as a “ratter” is that many are not vaccinated for “Lepto” as the vaccination can be fatal to some dogs, especially Dachshunds. Rats can carry the Lepto virus in their urine. So need to be watchful of this.

      Thanks for all the suggestions. As others have mentioned, it’s apparently a banner year for rats due to the heat, etc.

      The research I’ve done so far is clear to block all entrances, which won’t work in all homes of course, and then go from there.

      Best of luck to all,
      Laurel

  60. Never dealt with this before- but the first rat came in with the flood waters of Hurricane Sandy- I saw him floating on a piece of wood in my basement which had six feet of water. Since then, our hound has been killing them but they’re too smart for traps. I’m afraid of poison. They mostly stay in the walls bc they are afraid of the dog- this is a shameful secret, but recently I heard on the radio of other New Yorkers who were damaged by Sandy having the same problem and are also ashamed to seek help.

  61. We have rats in our backyard, and they have built an elaborate tunnel system in our back hill, strategically exiting under each of my bird feeders. Now we think we hear them in our attic. We live in Freedom, NY, south of Buffalo, in the country. We have a hole in our dining room ceiling, where something has eaten through, and we have a cotton ball soaked with peppermint essential oil stuffed up in there. That seems to work for a few days, but they seem pretty determined. We have a few neighborhood feral cats, but that doesn’t seem to matter. We don’t have an issue with killing them, so what is the best way to get rid of them without hurting the cats? We have tried ex-lax, too, but we don’t know if that is working.

  62. I have recently found rats in my home. I have set electronic traps which kill a few, but not all. I am in the process of making sure there are no holes by the different applicances, ac units hoses, etc., but there are still some rats. I paid a lady to come out but she didn’t guarentee here work. I just don’t have anymore money to dish out and i lease this little house. Could you please help. I live in Texas

  63. Hi

    We have just moved into a new property and have rats visiting our garden. We are “feeding” the rats large chunks of raw sweet potato and have seen the rats picking them up and running away with them. We have been doing this for approximately 3 days and the rats do not seem to be any unhealthier. How long should we expect to have to continue before we can be confident that we have killed them.

  64. I HAVE 15 Acre FARM near watar dam in india near bombay.i am thinking of mungus to control rats and snakes,whether it will work?

  65. i have a 15 acre farm adjesant to watar dam in india. i want to use mungus to control rats and snakes near by my house in farm . whether it will work? guide me

  66. Plaster of Paris mix the dry powder with equal parts of dried porridge oats. When the rats eat this there last meal ever it sets in there stomach & they die within 10 minutes usually not far away from the treatment. It works every time & is a cheap effective way to exterminate rats & mice fast.

  67. Hi Jeff, I have a really BIG rat problem! I live in South Africa on a Macadamia nut farm – our problem is an infestation of Giant Pouched Rats (genus Cricetomys) that have invaded our orchard and are crippling us financially with the amount of nuts they are eating. These are the rats that are trained in Tanzania for sniffing out mines underground. Trapping these rats is not an option as they are highly intelligent and avoid anything new in their environment. Do you, or any one else have a remedy for us please?

  68. We left our motorhome outdoors for six weeks and when we came back there were rats they had gotten in I’m using mothballs and fresh cab how long do I have to keep using these items

    1. FOREVER. If the motorhome sits for any length of time, keep the mothballs in stock. That and steel wool in openings will deter them from wanting to get in. I had a trailer on permanent site in a campground. after an infestation over one winter, the next year when closing up, we treated with moth balls throughout and steel wool in any entry holes. Never had a problem again

  69. I live in South-east Arizona and the rainfall is coming back up to ‘normal’ levels, and with it an increase in rodents. The stores don’t sell the blue pellets anymore due to the FDA pulling them. Bait just attracts more. Guns work good for those who can afford ammunition. The woodrats on my place run the gauntlet of hawks and owls since I started cutting all the plants down 100′ around the barn and am working on the house. I have also seen Green Mojave and Western Diamondback cruising around looking for a meal. Barn and Great Horned owls at night and Red-tailed, Harris, Zonal and other raptors patrol the day skies. The house and barn are the problem. Plaster of Paris seems to be the best. I shall let you know how it goes.

  70. I have had rats in the loft space, I blocked every hole I could find, which stopped them getting in, but they are still around. My neighbors have them in their loft. And I occasionally hear them in the cavity wall

    I did not know that growing mint in the garden deters them, but I do have mint growing there and have wondered why i have never seen a rat in the (small) garden / back yard. Maybe thats why. I am going to try mint in the cavity walls to see if that stops them.

  71. Please help ! My home is infested . I will do anything . I want them dead . I have kids and animals , I just did a guy reno and contractors left walks opened . I hear 100s in walls and now on floor two . No food or stuff left out . I need help . In basement we opened all walls put traps and poison but they walk by . My kids and I do not sleep . Please help .

  72. I have no problem at all killing the suckers who ave moved into our attic if I can.My question is, what about antifreeze? I know if will kill children and pets, so I never had it in m hose when my boys were young just in case. They are all 19+ now, so if I put down plats of anti-freeze, will it kill them?

  73. My dad used to raise parrots and had a rat problem because of all the feed. He got big black plastic pvc tubes that were closed on one end and free rat poison from our county, we live in So California. The rats would crawl in and eat the poison. But birds wouldn’t go in. I think squirrels would though. Anyway he found two rats laying dead in the yard one had its arm around the other. Now I can’t bring myself to killing the rats in my attic. I’ll try ammonia and let you know if it works to drive them out.

    1. Did planting mint work for you?
      Uhg, a junk infested yard riddled with rats was bulldozed and disbursing rats into our yard. I too have witnessed things that just bring me to the fact I hate killing animals… Rat sitting on a branch eating dandelion heads minding its own business… But I have a garden and two cats, bees and other parts of nature to care about. Rats made a patch work of holes in a about 50 ft of rockery. This same rockery housed bumble bees. But the rats will eat the larvae. I won’t have bumble bees living in my yard for awhile now :( . I’m spraying pepper mint & clove oil in the holes and then on the dirt and wet mulch, then I pack that into the holes. I have another 20 feet to carefully inspect before blocking.in the day I burn paper and using a small fan blow the smoke into the holes to see where it comes out.( at some point I may block all holes but a few and kill them with smoke inhalation.? I won’t poison, it takes too long to work and the suffering it deals before they die I can’t justify. I have 4 bucket traps and getting ready to add a garbage can sized opne to add.I live in Seattle and recently it’s rained a lot and hard at times so the rain has washed the peanut butter off at night that’s on the 5 gallon bucket traps. :) the squarells eat it all off in the day funny enough. Rats are mostly night critters so I’m hoping eventually between keeping the bucket traps supplied with peanut butter at night ( 5 gallon bucket trap drowns them- more humane than poised but still sad) and maybe driving them out of the rockery My yard will be better off.. It really sucks though having to kill animals. I hope you had luck. I will bury any I catch with nice dirt, flowers and keep up the mint and clove oils so the avoid my yard.

  74. I live on a farm in Queensland Australia and my traps in the house catch 1-2 rats each night. The house is 130 years old and plugging holes is a ceaseless task. We shove steel wool into any holes we find. Don’t like to use poison as we have eagles, falcons, hawks, owls, etc. We have the electronic rodent repeller plugged in all the time but this doesn’t seem to do much. My friend who is a pest man said that as we are “the only shop in town” the best way would be baits. I have however found that spraying cinnamon and clove oil around keeps the snakes out of the house!

  75. Thanks for the advice, but the only sure way of dealing with rat infestations seems to be to trace the nest(s) and to cover and gas them, or burn them out with a powerful flame device and a legal gun to shoot any escapees, etc. According to comments on here, Just about every simple way suggested has failed to stop rats from continuing to come! So what will? I live in West of England and we never had a rat problem until recently. They are coming under the concrete gravel board of our fencing from filthy neighbours messy, undisturbed, gardens. But what concerns me is a similar stories from all around the globe – all saying the same thing – rats becoming a problem in recent years. I think that the best thing I can do is buy a Python and leave it out, unfed, in the garden. That big snake would hunt every last rat for food!

    1. Oh, set the attic on fire you say? LOL! Your sarcasm made me laugh because I’m at my wits end. I get a new rat about once a month in the attic. Nobody can figure out how they get in. I trap and dispose of it, then about a month later, I get a new one. They’re so loud, and they’re smart. It takes about a week before they actually get snapped in a trap. I’m in California, USA. They’re definitely taking over the world. ;(

  76. Planted mint in my yard cause everyone says it works, but it does not work. The rats seem to love it. Yesterday I woke up and found they dug a hole next to the mint. Today I woke up to find the whole is covered in mint leaves. They seem to be moving the mint to their home. DONT PLANT MINT!

    1. After 21 years with no pests, I have rats inside the house, hiding out in the basement walls and ceiling space. A professional inspected the outside and roof and did not find any entry points. My house is attached on one side with a common masonry wall. My neighbours are not prepared to have their property inspected for entry points, even though the inspection is free. They did say that they heard strange noises of something being dragged across a surface near the common wall on the 2nd floor. That was a few months ago but it stopped. The noises I hear are between the basement and the ground floor.
      I found one dead rat in the furnace room a couple of months ago and a small live rat in the kitchen, jumping on the counter, which I managed to trap and eliminate.
      I called a second pest control professional, after the 1st insisted that I had mice, even after I showed him pictures of the droppings and told him the size of the dead rat I had found. I have a fully finished basement with drywall ceilings, and one small access point. The 2nd guy cut out an opening 2′ x 2′ and placed 3 traps plus some poison blocks. The ceiling is filled with batt insulation. The guy pulled out the batts that were accessible through the opening. They were full of rat droppings. I am not sure this treatment is sufficient. I still hear the occasional scratching, and worry that they moved further down the ceiling space. There is also the possibility of one dying from the poison with no access to remove it. Any suggestions on how to proceed?

  77. One mouse seems to be coming back to our garage. He is outside somewhere, saw him/her last night run across driveway. Everything is blocked in the garage, we are not even opening the garage door – using the front door.

    He/she may have been a pet – looks well fed and ‘groomed.’

    Just want to repel him/her away before any mating goes on someplace. We have lived here 4 years and no sign of any other rodents.

    We are in San Diego, CA

  78. A lady at the place I bought my rat traps says she hasn’t had rats or mice since getting a cat 2 years ago

  79. I have rats in my walls. I hear them at night chewing by our air conditioner ducts. There are not in them but you can hear them chewing. I had an exterminator come out for two months, spent over $200 for them to say they cant find any trail, no droppings anywhere. They layed traps but nothing. I have a yorkie that hears them but cant get to them. I have not poo or trails in the house but know they r there.

  80. What about putting a dab of peanut butter on a small plastic lid then setting it afloat in a 5 gallon bucket filled 1/3 of the way with water? Gonna try it tonight !

  81. Hi, I’m not sure if I understood what you were saying in regard to rat problems but I’m desperate but hopeful you may have “the answer” to my problem.I’m elderly, disabled, live alone in a small house situated right next to an overflow/creek kinda area with a big field across creek. My car quit a couple years back & I quit extending social invitatiins to anyone because of the horrible condition things have gotten. I have wanted to move in with my daughter, who moved out of state last year, but I’ve had a lot of health issues that’s slowed down any progress. On TOP of that, mice & rats have become a serious problem over past several months. I never knew they’d EAT ANYTHING! They began by eating “soft side” groceries & produce. So I’ve purchased crates in which I stored those food stuffs.. And they’ve started eating through several of them.II have kept all dog food stored in sturdy, heavy duty crates, so they haven’t been into it, YET, as I have 2 miniature dachshunds, who are like my children. So poison is out of question. My landlord had someone put out poison before I moved in here but because of my dogs, I asked him to stop poison and consider a safer method but we never got around to discussing safe alternatives. My income is from disability & only about $10,000 annually. I’m about to try amonia soaked rags over night tonight.. But I think I must be cautious because of my COPD. I can AFFORD this method. I’m ashamed & I want to move but I am going to get help packing & loading a truck but I honestly cannot imagine ANYONE coming in to help me… with the mess I have! I’m so sorry I’ve gone on & on… Your friend in Christ, Celia

  82. I live in a single family home near a couple of strip malls w/ restaurants so rats have always been an issue in my neighborhood. Four months ago I saw one in my garage (garage is stand alone / detached from the house) and another one on the front side of my house trying to gnaw his way through a heavy metal screen covering a crawl space vent, so it was time to go to war. I blocked up the vents with bricks and bought some T Rex traps. Since that time I’ve killed three with the T Rex traps. THEY WORK. These traps are lethal rat killers or anything else that might stick its face in the trap. Don’t set these traps any where near pets but if you’re concerned about a neighbor’s cat or small dog sneaking into your yard and getting their face injured by the T Rex trap, I have a simple solution. Take a small cardboard box and cut a hole in the side of it big enough for a rat to get through but too small for a cat or a Jack Russell terrier. Put a small piece of slate or a brick inside it so the wind won’t blow the box away. Slate is good because you can put the T Rex trap on top of it to give it more stability. Bait your T Rex trap and THEN put it inside the box through one of the regular opened ends of the box (not through the hole you just cut). Put the T Rex trap far enough away from the rat hole where a cat can’t stick his face in, but close enough where the rat can get in. Set the trap and then carefully seal up the end open end of the box with packers tape. I tried this for the first time recently. I set the trap 3 or 4 weeks ago and when I checked it this morning, there was a dead rat with a crushed skull inside the box. I simply opened up one of the ends of the box and disposed of the dead rodent.

  83. LOL. Roof Rats will crawl into any space to get into an attic. They don’t care if it’s cluttered or not. Clutter is irrelevant.
    Rats are evolutionarily brilliants and do not care about your mint plants either. Traps (not glue traps, they are too cruel even for a rat ….snap ones that are not plastic) and sealing off any holes with the pest foam sealant and/or copper mesh once they have gone (don’t seal IN rates to die in your home and attract flies) is the only answer. And check on everything every 6-7 days cause if anyone can find the most minute way into your attic, it’s a roof rat.

  84. Wow, i read everyone’s comments, geez! About 4-5 years ago we started having one rat visitor in the house. We thought he was innovative and brave, named him George, and never left out anything tasty–after he chewed holes in new bags of dog kibble and any animal feed supplements in cardboard or bags. We stopped seeing him.
    Now suddenly there are rats everywhere! No longer cute or funny–i can see them run away after waking me up with loud chomping and gnawing. The only thing we had around were small empty(!) Arrowhead clear hard water bottles waiting to be recycled in large plastic bags. They were eating through the bags and then eating through empty water bottles!!! Little chips of plastic everywhere. This means they are probably thirsty. Surely they don’t eat recylable HDPE 1 and 2 plastics?
    We hope some non-lethal deterrents will work but from what we read it doesn’t sound promising. They used to just eat fruit off the fruit trees along with the squirrels and we just though, OK fair enough, it used to be their land. There were still plenty of oranges and other fruits left for us.
    We are in Northridge, California, USA, The Valley part of the City of Los Angeles.
    Alice in Wonderland

  85. I have recently heard rats in the wall and garage I’ve seen them outside by trash it doesn’t help that we live next to an old dump but I have an autistic son and I can’t have them get in any advice please

  86. living in southwest Florida I have a pool cage that three rats have eaten a hole through. Two I have found dead in the pool and one was alive but close to death. How do I stop them from coming in?? mother-in-law has been here for 30 years and has never had a problem. The neighbor has sold his home and it was over grown with plants and trees. And now the new neighbors ripped out everything but a palm tree in the back yard. This was done back in January. Any help would be appreciated thank you!!!

  87. Nowhere do I see anything about rats chewing holes in heavy plastic bottles, water pipes in motor homes,
    Must be new super breed of rats as have been told that’s what we have. Jackie Carter

  88. I bought the latest rat repel gallon shaker product. They ate it like caviar. I collected dirty kitty litter for a week, they relished it and ate that too. I saturated their holes with vinegar, they yelled ‘more please’., I greased the pole that I’ve had to put my goose’s food in so the poor geese can barely reach it. The rats all licked off the oil. Herbal oils don’t deter them at all, nor does ammonia, vinegar, cat urine, and yes I even tried human urine. NOPE. I’m having a low deck demolished just because of them. I won’t kill them. I am trying to persuade them to move. It’s a losing battle people. The rats don’t care what you try…….:–( I feel for all of you! At least I don’t have any IN my house. I had a whole house exclusion done years ago for mice, and that seems to keep the rate out too, but the yard is another matter!!!

  89. I have been battling rats in Home for a while now. We got rid of the problem for a while when we got a cat. But then we took in a rescue dog and the cat left. We have become attached to our dog, but unfortunately she chases away any cats. Too bad the rats are as afraid of the dog. I have used many different deterrence, but the rat population continues to grow.I would like to find a poison that would not kill the dog if the dog in just a rat after it had been killed.I have many places I could put the poison that the dog could not access, but I am afraid that he could get to the rats that had been poisoned.

  90. I work in a small family owned veterinary clinic. We carry prescription and some regular dog food. Because of the nature of the business we can not use poison. These critters are eating all of our profits and its getting out of control. we have used electronic and tradition traps; but, they are far more interested in destroying bags of pet food. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!
    Many Thanks,
    Jess

  91. We are in Baltimore city, Md and feed a colony now of about 8 cats (some have died), but interestingly enough…the city rats have taken over the colony. They are everywhere and don’t seem afraid of the cats. They are pretty big rats.
    Any suggestions in this situation?
    Lizzieackerman@hotmail.com
    Or call
    410-790-5142

  92. Extremely serious rat infestation in a 7,000 sq ft home. in attic and space just over vaulted ceilings. Have plugged all openings, laid traps, sticky traps, food in traps. Constant noise at night…screeching at each other…etc.

  93. I need a rodent repellent spray to use under the hood of my car. I had a rat chew through my wires on my new car. What can I use?

  94. I have rats and squirrel s in my storage bldg., they are destroying everything and pooping everywhere! Im afraid to put poson out because of my dog. Please help!

  95. I live in TX and have been dealing with rat invasion. I got desperate and exhausted all of my options and purchased mothballs. I placed the mothballs in the attic only. Its been a week and I haven’t heard anymore rats in the walls. I’m glad that I did buy a box of mothballs. Despite the smell…they work like a charm!

  96. We are on tank water and have a dog tryed traps we got 6 but now they wont go near them having a piched cealing are to get inside tryed sweet potato and now they wont tuch that bleach worked for a little but there back lots of them

  97. we have a rat problem in the house i have used poison with some success
    traps caught a few used red fox urine to some help but they have returned
    and still using the same to get rid but to no avail
    need help and advice

  98. I just started hearing nose in my Wallis i think it mIght be a rat how do i get it out ? I Dont know they mIght got In there . I think maybe when my roof fell in i Dont know cause it was leaking water . Its only in my room i

  99. fuck amazon- anti labor ,scab pieces of shit . If everyone wants companies to not have retirement and benefits , then go ahead and support these creeps . They don’t even pay taxes in most states their warehouses reside in .

  100. Leroy Briggs
    Newark,N J.
    I live in a 16 apartment building. I have seen the rats outside in the trash area. Tonight one of them got into my apartment from behind the stove or under my sink. This rat is the size of a cat and I’m not exaggerating. I have a 2 year old son and a 3 year-old daughter, so I’m up all night protecting my family. I know it sounds extreme but this rat is too big to take any chances. Please call me and I’ll see if my landlord is willing to pay for your services. 908-525-9130. Thank You!

  101. Ammonia is a strong, colorless gas. If the gas is dissolved in water, it is called liquid ammonia. Poisoning may occur if you breathe in ammonia. Poisoning may also occur if you swallow or touch products that contain very large amounts of ammonia.

  102. Hearing noises in the attic, Have a large breed dog outside… sometimes he gets picky about what he eats…. so plenty of opportunity for rodent chow. What can I do to get rid of the rats/mice without killing my dogs.
    I have tried snap traps with peanut butter, salami even grass seed since one ate through a whole bag last year
    HELP!

  103. We’ve now had a rat(s) for 7 months, and have tried everything. Peanut butter, poison, rat traps, nothing is working. Please if you can, come to our house and do it for us so that the rat gets out. PLEASE

  104. I live in Thousand Oaks, CA. There are quite a number of rats around two sides of my property. I do have a bunch of bird feeders and I enjoy feeding the wild birds. I know this is attracting them to the areas where I have feeders hanging. A top the feeders are weather guards or squirrel deterrents. They act as a blockade for them reaching the feeders, but with the seed on the ground, they eat. Before there were bird feeders, the rats were there for my neighbors dog food who was fed outside. I have 3 dogs and I will not consider anything toxic to them or us for that matter. I was looking for the peppermint spray and came across your website. I will wait for your reply before proceding with anything. PS. I don’t know why I am getting this red underline. Hit something wrong. Thank you, Patti

  105. Just had our first yesterday. We thought our outddoor kitty brought it to the front door. dead, bites around the head, but not eaten. 2 miles away had infestation of roof rats, so I thought they might be headed this way. We all have a lot of citrus in AZ. They love it and so we covered every little hole to the roof. I have lots of old Hydrocodone left from hernia operations, 6, plus appendectomy. Told the doctors that I can’t take it for pain. They prescribed it anyway. I didn’t find out until my husband filled the prescriptions. I am planning to put it into oats. Stuff makes me very ill, hope it will do the same for rats. Heard on the other posts that they are smarter than doctors.

  106. I live south of Dallas, Tx. I have or shall I say HAD a beautiful garden. Rats/ mice have eaten my entire garden that consisted of gypsy bell peppers, red bell peppers, Serrano pepper, jalepano pepper, banana pepper, and marigolds! The only plants left are my tomatoe plants( one Roma tomato plant and one cherry tomato plant) First they are my marigolds and I mean all the way to the soil! Stalk and all the first night!! Second night ate my gypsy and red bell plants(veggies and all) along with some of the Serrano and Jalepano. Third night polished off what was left of the pepper plants and banana pepper plant. All these plants were planted in containers and sat on top of two pallets stacked on top of each other. What should I use that will not harm my dogs, and I also have my rabbits that are kept right by the plants. Please help me figure this out. I first thought this was a wild rabbit until I caught the rat in action!!!! Will Fox urine granules help deter rats as it does for rabbits?

  107. This is the worst year for rats in my backyard—maybe due to the drought. They have begun burrowing into the waterfall area and tearing up new plant growth apparently to build nests in the supporting soil of the rocks surrounding my waterfall. I too do not like the idea of poisoning anything, including the groundwater! This is also the first year rats have ever eaten all of the new buds and every lemon of my once beautiful lemon tree. And last Spring, they destroyed my tomato plants. So far, my dog has kept them away from his doggie door, but it’s only a matter of time that one or two find their way inside. I just want to deter, not kill the rats. May they live in peace SOMEWHERE ELSE! Jan

  108. We noticed a few nights ago that there are 3-5 or more rats in the next-door neighbor’s tree – which is just 5 feet or so away from our bedroom french doors – ugh! We have retractable screen doors and like to leave our french doors open all day and night – and the screens are not sealed at the bottom or top, so how can we keep the rats away? The neighbors are out of town and removing or trimming the tree is not an option.

    Thanks!

  109. I’ve recently started seeing a rat in my backyard several times a day after we had our deck removed. Any thoughts on whether I’m seeing the same one or if there are several of them?

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