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 ;-)


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).


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?

338 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.

    1. Thats a joke , how is it the rats been around for millions of years.
      and you can easily get rid of them with natural things.

    2. Personally, I like the idea of having a Diamond Python around. Unfortunately, she has eaten all the rats, and has “left the building”.

      1. our pythons are lazy, they eat “a” rat like 1 (one) and then go to sleep wake, up a fortnight later and eat 1 more and so on!

  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. i TRIED ALMOST EVERYTHING MENTIONED IN THE ARTICLE AND RATS ARE LIVING IN MY COUCH MY BEDS KITCHEN AND IN EVERY ROOM,I live in a apartment and the manger said nothing they can do,I am 67 and have to sleep in a chair to keep them off me,my right arm has scratch marks all over,anyone help me

        1. James, I’m sorry that you are in such a difficult situation. I don’t know where you live, but I suspect in a city? Most cities have “landlord-tenant” laws which require a landlord to fix anything in an apartment that is dangerous or a health risk. A rat problem as bad as you describe is a health risk. So even though your manager says he/she can’t do anything, there is probably a law that really would require them to pay for an exterminator for you.
          Try a Google search using the name of your town or city, and the words “tenant rights”. It should bring up local groups in your area who give you information that will help make your manager take action. You can also try calling your local (county or state) “Bar Association” (licensing organization for lawyers). Many of them offer free legal clinics or phone and/or online information for consumers and tenants. You can also call your health department and ask them for help in making the manager/landlord follow the laws about safe apartments. Good luck.

          1. James, I would also look into what services can be provided to you through your local Department of Adult Services.(I think thats what its called, generally, I mean). I feel so sorry for you, you poor thing. But if it IS as bad as you describe, that is a VERY SERIOUS HEALTH CONCERN for a gentleman of your age.. Well ANY age, really.. Please get help ASAP! Rats bring diseases that are very very serious. Best of luck. God bless.

        2. I don’t understand why you doneed move. If you don’t have enough money, ask for you county to assist you. Health and welfare and legal aid. Just get out this is not your battle. It’s the landlords.

        3. If you have not already done do and this is still an issue, please call an elder service in your community for help. Senior network, County Health Services and even churches as they like to assist seniors.

          Wouldn’t hurt to try mothballs and peppermint oil as least expensive option. Two cats should work too.

        4. Oh James I’m so sad you are living in these conditions. I’m in Australia so don’t know your system, but can you go to your city hall and ask for some help? Tell your manager they hafta do something and get yourself s big rescue kitty cat!
          Take care honey!

        5. Get a BB(not a pellet gun!!) gun, Start shooting at every rat you see( even shoot at rats you don’t see) and when the Landlord complains about you shooting holes in all the walls, Then maybe he/she will pay to have the rats removed!! A BB Gun is legal and not powerful enough to go thru walls and hurt anyone next door!!. A landlord is REQUIRED to keep your home safe to live in, Unless your a dirty person and are causing the rats to invade your home. In which case it’s all on you and shooting them wouldn’t be too smart.. I do understand that rats will take over a house quite quickly. I’m fighting them right now myself. Can’t use poisons because we have 6 Chihuahuas and a lazy cat. I do shoot them with my pellet rifle and bb pistol whenever I get the chance. And I use the Sticky Traps(their AWESOME) and Snap traps in the ceiling. We live in the Ocala National Forest in Central Florida, And rats are bad everywhere here. . Seems like for every one I kill, 2 moves in !!!.

          1. Im dealing with the same issue in Hardee county. Have you found an effective way to get rid of them? We just moved into a very old house they’re in the walls and attic. I’ve only seen3 out at night so far any tips would be greatly appreciated! Thanks

          2. Thats what I finally began doing for the rats trying to take over my backyard (& eat my wonderful fruits from all my trees!!).. It seems to be working! Lol a great lure I came across for luring them out is Nutella (or Jiffy chocolate sprea), some bacon grease left over in the pan, some Spam, mashed up until it was almost a paste, and I heard you can add alcohol but i didnt.. I heated a cup with the stuff inside a bigger cup of hot water, until it was almost liquid-y, since theyll pick up any lure thats in form but cant pick up liquid. Wa-la!! Less than a couple minutes later, the strong odor was bringing them out. It was like CRACK for them..they couldnt resist it!!

        6. James, if you have not already, please call the County Health Department and Report your apartment complex and your landlord. Pests & Vermin are definitely habitability issues. The law is on your side and your landlord is about to get a severe lesson in Property Management. You could also start a non-profit rescue cat organization. Just a thought… Good luck.

          1. I’m in the country I’m used to having mice problems in the winter and putting out traps ect… My husband is redoing our bathroom and all of a sudden I’m seeing rats. I’ve tried laying pepper mixture around the bathroom and down the holes until we can get them filled. Tonight I’ve laid out homemade poison of flour/sugar/baking soda and praying it works. We cannot afford an exterminator. Not sure what else to do I’m terrified.

        7. Dear James, glue pads placed along walls, put tiny pea sized dab of peanut butter in middle. Buy pine sol & wipe every surface with dilution directions on label.Get rid of any clutter, paper, do not snack at all in bedroom. Vaccum everything, buy new mattress , boxspring. Set out poison bating station purchased at canadian tire. Stuff any holes or cracks with steel wool, buy a door sweep for door, check cupboards for entries, check seal under kitchen sink, if chewed through buy expanding foam and patch up. Bating station must be flush with wall, get a couple. Put all your food in glass jars with lids. Do not leave any crumbs on counter tops . wash your dishes immediately after eating do not leave over night. Essential peppermint oil & cotton balls – 20- 30 drops on cotton ball , they will run ..dryer sheets in dresser drawers after disinfecting , good luck .. I am dealing with this horrible situation myself .

          1. Advise against glue traps. Rats or mice will chew off their own leg to get out of a glue trap. Saw a mouse doing that once and even though I don’t want these rodents in my house, I think it’s a cruel thing to do and it doesn’t really solve the problem because after it dies a slow death, you have to deal with the bodies.

        8. Purchase the electronic victor rat traps. They deliver a 2000 volt jolt knocking them out & go for 2 minutes to kill them. We only set them @ night & have caught HUGE pack rats. Keep away from small dogs n cats. Remember to disarm before placing fresh bait!! Battery operated- no poisonous stuff.

        9. Vector electronic traps battery operated delivers 2000 volts. Your slum Lord needs to be reported & the yards likely have a responsibility for rodent control. Not sure my 1st post was accepted.

        10. If you’re still having issues & cannot get your landlord or the city to exterminate for you, try mothballs. I had rats in my attic so big I thought a family of possums or raccoons had gotten in. Two boxes of mothballs had them out within hours. If you have pets or respiratory issues, I do not recommend this solution. Even though the mothballs were scattered in my attic (with gloves on) the aroma is very strong in the house. As I have pets (cats & pitbulls) I’m not worried about rats in my living area but the noise at night was very loud. So far, they have not returned. DO contact Social Services for Adults in your area if your landlord will not or cannot help you. No one should have to live in fear of rat bites.

        11. I went to the farm supply and bought a box of rat killer called “Just One Bite” about three days ago. We had a serious infestation like you have. We filled up holes with the rat bait then sealed up the holes and any openings they created or found throughout the house with “great stuff brand Big Gap filler” from Walmart . They are dying!!! It’s working well. I put the bait behind couches, entertainment center,closets , garage,attic dressers every place they went even our beds. It’s about 35$ for a huge box and there’s plenty for the entire house and I have a four bedroom house but be careful. It’s very very poisonous. Hope this helps

          1. If this is d-Con it’s a horrible thing to put out into the environment. It does not kill instantly — the poisoned rodent becomes a lure to legitimate rat killers — owls, cats, hawks — and they will surely die as well as transmit the extremely deadly poison to the next critter that comes along to clean up the corpse. DON’T USE D-CON!! or any poison like it.

        12. Sleep with a kitten or soak your underware in ammonia because if they get too comfortable around you the next thing for them is to try to burrow into your underpants as a safe haven; remember they love cummin in if they feel they are to far out. its happend to people and your more at risk if you have any traces of helmet cheese….. good luck!!

          1. Or stick a couple of moth balls in your ginch but dont get pepermint oil near that area cause you wont be able to tell if your freezing or on fire.

        13. Try buying the hottest hot sauce you can get ( the ones basically to hot for humans) . Put it around where you think they are coming in ( maybe in a bowl would work if you don’t know where) . My son put it around the spots he thought where they were getting into his trailer. The hot sauce (the sauce is the hottest he could get) did get rid of them last year and they have not returned, he lives on a farm. Hope this will help you.

        14. James: nothing mentioned above will work and it would cost so much money that you cannot afford. There is one thing you can do – if you don’t have any other pets, get a cat. That’s the only alternative I know of. I spent over two thousand dollars on a house in an attempt to stop the infestation with rats, tried every thing listed above, and wasted my money. The only reason I didn’t get a cat? Because I have 2 very large service dogs – a German Shepherd and a Rottweiler. Ultimately I had no choice but to move from the house, with so much damage to my lifetime belongings it broke my heart. I also lost all my savings from all the renovation to the darn house. Cats are inexpensive, loveable, and what my family used for very effective rat control when I was a kid – I’m 64. You don’t even have to walk them! Amazon also delivers light-weight cat litter and inexpensive food. I would have adopted one in a second were it not for my dogs. Please James. Be well. Get a cat. If it gets fleas? Just sprinkle cinnamon powder on it. No problem…and cheap. Oh – it is illegal for your landlord to ignore you, but time is of the essence…and rats? Always come back – they breed like crazy. Dixie

    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

      1. I’m 66 yr. old little lady who can’t get into the attic anymore. The rats have been there several months. Traps aren’t working, I’m gonna try the moth balls and peppermint oil……i live in a 46 yr. old little house, my money is VERY limited!! I live in Wailuku, Maui, Hi. Thanks Ron!!!!!

        1. Be cautious with the moth balls I read in another artical that they can be harmful to humans like the strong smell (can be cancerous) to us humans. If so you use, use gloves when placing.

        2. you live in paradise but not having a single snake makes it worse they eat them so do racoons. It is the older people like us me too that are the victims of this formula they found to get rid of us from the diseases they carry, trust me I believe its true

        3. Oddly enough, the first thing to do is to provide them with a good meal! Something like dry corn or sunflower seed, or even chook food and bird seed will work. This will train them to come from their hiding places, to a particular place where you can conveniently set a good snap trap. Get a snap trap of the kind made of heavy plastic, usually about $10, ( not old fashioned wire ones from which rats can escape. ) Bait it with Peanut Butter. Avoid touching it with bare hands (that might leave the taint of hand lotion, etc, so put your hands in a plastic bag when handling the trap.) Set a couple of traps at least.
          To dispose of rats without having them create a smell, toss them out on the road when no one is looking. Cars will quickly squash them and they dry out very quickly without decomposing. My kids want to do the same with me!

        4. Putting peanut butter on a trap does the job,,but I am also using a electronic device that suppose to drive them away. I killed one I put ammonia out and mothballs, so far I haven’t heard or seen any . I also use liquid foam for around pipes and crevices


      3. Hoarding is a hole diffrent problem itself but in this case iti may be the reason why they are hard to get out but it could only be the reason why they are comming in to begin with is if they are hoarding food or living like a dumpster diver so ………..but first thing is clean up its got to be done and dont board rat happy people the less amount of shit we have the rats will have a harder time trying to hide. Second they travle along walls so if you have no shield for them to hide and travle they will simply take a diffrent route. third is soak towels or what ever with ammonia and throw them up in your attic and a few moth balls plce randomly or even get a spray bottle put a bit of dish soap, 15 drops of pepermint oil, half ammonia and the rest water and spray heavy dose around the primeter of house weekly and

    2. I cleared the rats from my cafe on the beach by putting large snakes in my attic and walls that I commandeered from a construction site nearby. No one seemed to mind my removing the reptiles in order to enlist their help, but they can be purchased as well. Snakes do not like humans. once the food supply is gone, so are the snakes. They are also cold blooded and do not spread diseases. As long as you keep away from poisonous snakes and make sure they are local snakes that are good to be on their own once they leave your house, you have nothing to be concerned with from the snakes. Also, they will shed their skin after they enjoy a good meal, leaving the skins behind to warn other rats from coming into their territory.

        1. He is not joaking . I was raised. With snakes . there Are some that are tame . and will get rid of your rats for good . .

          1. Me too! I’d rather have a temp snake than permenant rats.
            As a kid I played with snakes. Mosquitoes didn’t bit after that either.

          2. I live in the woods of E. Texas and there are snakes everywhere…mostly constrictors – several kinds of rat snakes & chicken snakes, but also venomous pit vipers like copperheads, cotton mouths & timber rattlesnakes and we have coral snakes too. I have a shed – no feed of any kind, just pool chemicals, garden & lawn tools & some lawn furniture in the winter. The shed has always been “snakey”, since it’s open at the eaves…I just always keep an eye out for them…but for the last year it’s had rats. They destroyed my greenhouse that was stored for the summer & a few patio cushions & they shit all over the place. How are they avoiding the snakes? Did they have a throw down over the shed & the rats won? I don’t understand it, never any sign of rats in there the other 14 years I’ve lived here, but tons of snakes & now the rats have taken over?

        2. No Joke, A Diamond Python came to live in my shed, while she was pregnant. She is not venomous, and quietly slid around checking things all night. I went to have a shower one morning, and she was curled up on the shelf of the bathroom window, in the sun, right next to the shower. Very graciously, she slid out when I opened the window a bit more. Most of the time she was here, I had very few ratz.

    3. Sherri,
      Sorry for your rat problems. I live in the suburbs of NH and over the last 3 years my husband has gradually turned our yard (about an acre) into an “edible garden.” He did it for me because I was very ill with cancer. He put a beautiful swing in the garden, peach trees, pear trees, purple, red and yellow plum trees, blueberries, raspberries, 2 apple trees and raised garden beds for vegetables. We never had rats until this summer – suddenly they are everywhere! He moved all flowers, etc.. away from the house, stopped feeding the birds, stopped composting, and gave up on the vegetable gardens because whatever he grew, the animals ate…Our neighbor has a large property and encountered the same problem. What I’m wondering is this; you said you “Blocked them out” , How?
      I have read they burrow through concrete and I have seen them climb over anything. I haven’t heard anything in the house but I’m always listening. Any suggestions?

    4. My house is pier and beam and I have non-stop house guests that scurry inside all year long. I’ve tried many methods but have found using T-Rex traps with peanut butter as bait the most successful method. It’s clean and quick, snaps their neck and that’s it. Afterward , I pick the trap up (with rodent attached) using disposable gloves, carry the trap out to the back yard and dump the rat. There he is using consumed by the “locals” within hours. This is my version of green recycling.
      If you use this method, be patient. It may take a day or two but if you keep all other food unavailable they will eventually succumb.

      1. Ditto on the T-Rex traps. Better than the wire traps. Twice, I have actually witnessed a rat jump out of the way of a wire trap. If a T-Rex is triggered, it nearly always has a rat in it. We’re in San Diego

      1. Poisoning mice and rate is the main cause of the demise of barn owls, other owls, and other raptors. It also will kill any other predator that happens on the dead animals.

      2. Bad idea, tempting though it may be. Poisons kill not just the rodent you see but the genuine helpers in the environment — hawks, owls (especially barn owls), cats (yours and your neighbor’s) — the poisoned critter is not killed immediately — it will wander around, easy prey, be eaten by a predator, and then you’ve killed the good guys for no reason. Don’t under any circumstances use d-Con. Banned in most countries because it is so bad for the environment and lethal to natural predators. If you can, invite barn owls. One owl eats 4 rodents a day — more in breeding/nesting season.

  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.


    Patty …………..Yorkshire UK

    1. “JUST ONE BITE ll” rat and mouse bait. They also sell pre loaded tarps that are safe to use for homes with pets and children. You can find on Amazon and searching on eBay or internet. Amazon will not send twosome states. You must use gloves handling the bait but it works and you will eradicate your rodent problem quickly.

      1. The problem with any common bait that kills can also kill the predators that normally kill the rats and other vermin. I learned this the hard way. I had a real problem with rats so put rat baits in their areas of traffic. The rat population seemed to go down a bit. Then, to my horror, I began finding juvenile hawks & owls dead on the ranch. Stopped using and cleaned up all the poison, and forbade my tenants to use it either. The predator population is slowly coming back (and so have the rats!).

        1. its such a HORRIBLE thing! should be banned! Ive found dead hawks and owls in my area too, so sad! one lil screech owl used to visit all the time… so sad!

      2. This stuff will kill the hell out of some rats. We were infested with roof rats last year up in our attic and in the walls. Used this product twice last winter and it killed them all. Put on rubber gloves, cut it up unto cubes, and tossed it all over the attic. Worked like a charm, rat free in a bout two weeks.

      3. Do you think this would work in a vehicle? I’ve spent almost $1000 in the last two weeks on the fuel system in my Jeep. I’m at a loss!!!!

      4. We have purchased large amounts of ‘ Just One Bite’. We found one sick rat and that’s it. The rats are not impressed and have quadrupled in population. They have completely taken over this house. I am terrified of them. You can here them running through the walls at night squeaking and giggling among themselves. They run all over the pantry and are big and heavy enough to knock over big, industrial-sized cans of of food. I have actually considered just purchasing a really good 2 room tent and moving into that. I am a very clean person. I don’t get it.

  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!

    1. Do you realize that just two rats can become 15,000 in ONE YEAR?!? Yes, it is true. Two can mate and have offspring (average gives birth to 12, per birth), then at TWO MONTHS, THOSE offspring will have ANOTHER 12, and so on and so forth). You get the idea, right?

  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!!!
    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.

    3. Rat Poison has killed as many pet dogs and cats as rats I bet! The new kind of poison is so toxic that just one tiny piece will kill a good sized dog and THEY CANNOT BE SAVED. At least the older kind of rat poison, if you got the dog to throw up fast with peroxide OR got to a vet FAST, he can administer charcoal and the pet has a chance. There are so many poisons out there that people have NO idea how toxic to animals and the environment they are! I had a 1000 lb horse that ate less than a handful of SNAIL BAIT spilled in the barn aisle by employees and $5000 later at a specialty hospital we still lost him. POISONS also kill when a poisoned rat is eaten by anything…cat dog hawk owl crow.. or if any animal comes across snail bait which is SWEET and most any animal will immediately eat it.

  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??


    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.

    2. every one i bought either worked a few times or worked not at all. nice when they work! i also wet paper towels around the trap…..at one point i had to spray mice get them to go in and then finally the shock would work, sad i know. i like mouse x and rat x…dehydrates them…………..I had one try to get out of live trap (a mouse)….constantly for 12 hours on camera, then the 13th hour it died in its sleep like the package said, hoping there was no pain.

  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.

    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.


  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!!

    1. Hey Neighbor!! Youre right! You MUST be talking about the lot that was made into homes off of Bernard St in Riverside Ca, where there was once an open field that was home to the Endangered species, the Kangaroo Rat.. I live right behind whete it used to be, and yes.. There is now a DEFINITE problem.. :/

  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!

    1. I have a mini’ schnauzer Who adores sweet potatoes …my 92-year-old mother keeps them in her kitchen in my dogs reach so whenever we visit (which is often) the first thing my dog does is grab a sweet potato to eat … she is six years old and is as healthy as can be

    2. Cats will eat a live poisoned rat. Don’t know about dead rats. My neighbor started killing rats in her basement with rat poison, I think something like d-Con? Another neighbor’s cat caught one of the poisoned rats and died in the yard of the poor woman who was just trying to rid her home of the rat nuisance. I had the heartbreaking task of calling the cat’s owners, whose phone number was on his collar tag. I absolutely dread poisoning my cats, neighbor’s cats or dogs, or the small feral cat population in the neighborhood which may be the only helpful defense or prevention we currently have against the outdoor rats. That is why I am looking for natural, safer options and deterrents. I would love to be able to afford a professional and proven rat extermination and cleanup company if the rats do get into my home, but around here, money doesn’t grow on trees. So far, the rat invasion seems to be focused on my shed, where they have gotten into flower seeds I had harvested for replanting. I haven’t seen any rats yet but their dung and urine are everywhere. I will need to completely empty, clean, and detox my shed to the best of my ability, but right now, it is Winter, alternately snowing and freezing, when it isn’t pouring rain and windy enough to blow down fences all over the neighborhood. I can’t just put all the stuff from the shed out in the weather to clean it up, and I’m thinking I should wear a mask,if possible, one of those full-body disposable painters suits, a hat, to keep my hair from falling into the rat-waste, gloves of course, and literally wash down everything in the shed that can be washed, including the walls, floor, and ceiling, with a soap and bleach solution. When that dries, maybe I will wipe everything down with Pinesol, just in case the odor would help a little to deter the germy little beasts. At the least, maybe it would freshen it up in there. I should probably mention that the shed is made with, as yet, unfinished plywood so it is absorbent and I am worried about killing whatever diseases might have soaked into the wood along with their urine and feces. I am anxious to do all this immediately because I don’t want the rat problem to spread to our house. Again, however, I have to find a dry day that isn’t going to freeze the water I’m cleaning with. Anyway, I guess I am going to try every safe, non-toxic deterrent recommended, in the meantime, and search out every hole and crack I can find and seal them off with a product rats can’t chew through. I saw something advertised for that purpose that I think would work very effectively to exclude pests. Xcluder. BuyXcluder.com. The products are pretty inexpensive, relatively speaking. Good luck to everyone. I hope we all find the answers we need.

      1. Paid critter control $2700. They are useless. They set traps once a week and now the rats avoid the traps. They sprayed the attic but the rats live in the house with me. So i am still trying everything possible. Trying sweet potatoes and next the baking soda. I feel like im at war with these things.

  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.

        1. We pick up pet waste although living near woods Rats can smell anything near the house or from 100 feet away. For under the hood of cars open up the hood often if you park outside and spray with pine sol or Lysol disinfectant the moment you see or hear scurrying or can smell rat piss from 5 feet away. Once you’ve smelled it you know. They love to hang on top of the engine cowling or nice hollows once they start dating. Once they start chewing electrical wires and components, you are into hundreds of dollars. Rats are almost blind and will hug against foundations walkways etc. to work their way to the house. I use smashed kidney beans and cut up sweet potato. I sprinkle it along their nightly suspected paths and under decks. Think like a rat. They also work their way toward the house through tight lines (underground drains from down spouts). Once you see some of the bait disappearing then spray repellant along their happy little trails including under decks. We don’t have cats. I think rats carry off their dead for private funerals in the woods. Our dogs are trained and mostly on a leash. You have to declare war to keep them away from the house. Once they get into gutters- and yes they can climb they look for holes or old rotten facia wood then they are into the attic. They will also chew new wood. They don’t play fair. As Bugs Bunny said when bullfighting I suppose you know this means Wahhhr. Replace the Garage door bottom seal if needed. Those little communists can get into a hole the size of a nickel. Keep your home up to date and maintained.

  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.



    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?

    1. Sadly, I have to tell you that I have tried essential oils, electronic devices, Brillo, steel wool, crushed pepper, hot sauce, bleach, noise, hair, bay leaves, lavender, etc and NONE of these work ! Don’t waste your time and money! They have eaten everything!! And are still a big problem! I am at my wits end! They are not afraid of anything! I f anyone has any ideas that actually work please, please help! They continually scratch and bite on my bedroom door wether I am there or not. They have eaten through the bottom of the door 3 times thus far. Can anyone tell me how to block up the holes, and keep them from eating the door?

  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.

    1. Don’t waste your time and money. I have put cotton balls soaked with peppermint oil, wrapped in wire under my door and they are the cotton balls!

  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.

      1. I’ve seen dry dog food soaked in anti-freeze then dried and used as bait it wiped out the rats that was in my friends big mango tree

    2. We have antique cars and some how rats got in the garage we have put moth balls around the walls of the garage and we spray icy hot on a small towel and put it on the air cleaner we haven’t seen a rat in about 3 weeks just don’t forget to remove the towel before driving

  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!!!!

    1. WTF is a rat farm?! GROSS! Who raises rats and for what purpose?! Nasty people are the worst. They’re usually the cause of these filthy creatures invading other people’s houses!

  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:


  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,

  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

    1. No I put lavender flowers all around my door and hallway and even tried lavender incense, they ate the lavender flowers and the incense didn’t work at all

  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,

    1. Put your bags of food in stainless steel trash cans with weights ( bricks) on top. And only keep as much as you need, not a large surplus.

  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?
    Or call

  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 .

    1. Good for you….
      Amazon are two legged Rats….
      Warehouses all over UK-terrible working conditions, and pay NO UK TAXES!
      Our Conservative slave masters allow this, as they LOVE big companies but HATE the working folk!

  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

  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.


  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?

  110. i dont have alot of money but i have a rat problem there coming in threw the roof i think and the ac ducts how can i get ride of them or stop them from coming in is there somethin i can put on the outside of my house on disability

  111. Peanut-Borax balls. Sounds like a good option. I’ve heard that rats learn what’s killed their buddies and stop eating it. So, I want to try a rotating variety of poisons. The problem: I mixed up a batch and couldn’t form it into marbles. I was lucky to get the sticky mess off my fingers. I’m trying to let the little globs harden on wax paper in the refrigerator. I used ordinary, cheap peanut butter, not the all-natural kind. Should I be doing something to make the dough less gooey? If I was any kind of cook I might know the answer to this question.
    Lynn in Wisconsin

  112. I hope the dry mint works one got loose in my house n ive been chasing it for hours n its confined to 3 rooms. I tried not to kill it. :(

  113. feed the rat maccas that will kill it…no but seriously down here in new zealand our rats are so big they dont fit in the attic or walls, they scare the dogs and cats so we use a maori spear, they make good eating to!

  114. I grow mint, and the exit hole of the rat appears ONLY in the same place – in the mint mini field. Some nights ago we fet an unexplainable mint smell, but none of us were near the plants. The rats’ tunel is under some cement blocks, through soil.

  115. Are there any answers to all of these inquiries? I’m glad that all have shared their plights with the dreaded rat, however some additional recommended remedies would be nice.

  116. Rats in my barn kill my newly hatched chickens.
    Have dogs cats ducks geese guineas and lots of chikins.
    Want to get rid of the rats without endangering my other animals.
    They live underground and pull things down through holes in the dirt floors.
    Going to get sweet taters and ammonia and more from the list.
    What do you suggest?

  117. I live in Tucson, and have a problem with pack rats living
    In my garage. I’m looking for a humane way to get rid of them that won’t hurt my dog. Thanks for your help.

  118. Just an FYI, if you have pets, never use poison at any cost. I was told my dog won’t eat rat poison so I used it. Bad. My Black Lab dog ate the dead poisoned rat. Large vet bill, but I saved her. If you think your dog has been poisoned check the color of their gums. If they are very pale-get to vet now.

  119. Any tricks for us living in the AZ Desert? Will try some of the ones listed above, but wondered if anyone had any luck with attic rats? We only have a “crawl” space where no human can fit, so we have just thrown poison in ever direction, but they are still running around and we can hear them from below.

  120. I have new rats in my attic. Trees are overgrown and touch the house. Also this past year pretty Virginia Creeper fines grew on the house and in 2 years cover it! I suspect the vines are rat highways, and tree limbs are rat highways? Very dry here in Texas, and the rats have been eating the insulation off my chilled water lines and now the ceiling is damage from condensate. I have crews rat proofing the entryways via small openings due to a metal roof insulation. Stuffing the openings with steel wool and closing off with fine wire. Do the vines need to go? The time points to the vegetation!!!

  121. Hi Jeff,

    First of all thank you for all the info. You mentioned liquid rat repellents are available on Amazon but I have searched both Amazon and eBay and cannot find one. Please can you give me a brand name or direct me to a link where I can purchase it?

    Thanks in advance,

  122. I also have a rat infestation, my dog has killed a few at night but now seems to be scared of them cause if he hears them now he just ignore them. I’ve done the moth balls and mouse traps, even the large rat traps and sticky pad which seem to work best if you can catch them when they first get stuck because these damn rats seem to be smarter than humans. The rat gets stuck and will eventually get off the trap or the sticky pad if you’re not around to hit it with something. The pest control wont sell me poison because they say if the rat dies in the house the stench and maggets and flies will be bad…at this point I dont care they have chewed thru my garbage can drag the trash bag thru the hole and torn up all the trash, I now put trash outside evrynight but the rats are still in my diningroom even when theres no food left around. Im 62 year old woman and cant get into attic but I sure can hear them in there…I need help befor they eat me!

  123. I read through all the comments. It made me feel a little bit better about my mouse, pack rat and snake situation. There’s some comfort in knowing others deal with the same problems, that there’s hope in winning back my house, my vehicles and that I am not alone in facing the situation and seeking a solution.

    I live in northern New Mexico in the US. Last year we had a lot of rain so the rodent and snake population exploded. I also moved to rural ranch rental house with a history of rodent problems. I am here because I have horses. I have lived rurally for a long time but never had such a bad rodent problem as this place.

    I am a 61 year old widow with a great mouser cat, an old deaf dog who sleeps all the time, and some rescue horses. The cat was feral for the first four of years of her life. She’s an indoor outdoor cat. She catches and eats four to seven mice and pack rats a week. I feed her good quality dry food. She supplements her own diet with fresh food. I could not live here with any semblance of sanity without her. She’s my pride and joy. Very cuddly, too. But I still have a rodent problem. The infestation was terrible for many years. She’s the first cat on the property for 8 years and the previous tenants trapping efforts were basically ineffectual.

    The house is definitely not rodent proofed. I have a cat/dog door which is an entry point for rodents. There’s a hole in the ceiling where they used to come in, but lately that stopped. I think the cat finally discouraged that entry point. The kitchen mice are the worst. The house is small. Most of the time the cat seems focused on the outside mice and rats. That’s ok though because they need reducing, too.

    I will not put down poison because it kills the predators who eat the sick and dying rodents. The death is slow and painful over months with intestinal troubles, convulsions and seizures.

    One devoured poisoned mouse destroys guts of a cat or predator slowly over months. A horrible death. A neighbor poisoned mice and my deceased cat ate one a few years ago at a different house. That neighbor lived some distance away but the sick mouse found its way to my house. I didn’t find out what was wrong with my cat, why she was having seizures until it was too late. It was a costly and hopeless. The vet didn’t know what it was.

    Finally the neighbor confessed. The neighbor trapped the mice and poisoned them in the live trap so her dogs wouldn’t eat the poison. Sometimes the mice weren’t dead when she let them go. They were poisoned and dying, though. She lived a quarter mile away but still the mice traveled back and forth. My cat got one and ate it. Horrible and painful death and it caused us a lot of sorrow.
    As if that’s not enough, poison kills the snakes and other predators like hawks, owls, coyotes, bobcats, kitty cats, and rodent catching dogs. It’s cruel and destructive to the environment and animals who help us in fight for our own territory free from rodents.

    Poison eventually leads to a rodent explosion in population. Before I knew better, many years ago I used poison. The snakes died. The predators died. We still had mice and we fired the monthly rodent control guy. We ended up with so many mice the barn floor looked like it was moving at night.

    No more poison, hundreds of deer mice. I put out rabbit food in an open location near the barn under a tree. Owls came and cleaned up. It became an owl feeding station.

    Shortly after that, I got cats and Great Pyrenees dogs who protected the cats from coyotes. I lived rodent free there for twelve years. Cats are wonderful.

    The most recent problem I am having is a packrat outside. They got into the engine of my truck. I bought Rodent Repellant at the feed store. They said it works on their trucks that they let sit at the feedstore. Rodent Repell (brand name) has a lovely potpourri smell with a lot of balsam fir in it. I cleaned out the engine as best as I could with a broom, and put the potpourri tea bag Rodent Repell in the engine. I closed the hood. The next morning I found the start of a new nest built around the rodent repellant which they moved to the top of the engine. The pack rats loved the smell as much as I did.

    Locals say the best deterrent is to open the hood at night. The danger is wind which can blow the hood off the truck. So they recommended parking in the direction the wind blows rather than against the wind.

    I have a second car with a hood that won’t open without two people, one to hold the lever inside the car, one to pop the hood simultaneously. Being a widow, living alone, and not having close neighbors, I can’t open the hood. Tonight I realized the reason my check engine light may be on yesterday could be due to pack rat getting into that car and chewing wires. So I put pepoermint oil on the tires. It’s the weekend and I will take it in on Monday to fix the hood latch and check the engine.

    I have put the Rodent Repell teabags in my kitchen, hoping it will work on the mice even though the packrats loved it.. So far it has caused the mice which are inside those to run new pathways and the cat has been catching and eating them! I’m hopeful.

    The landlord is not going to do anything about trodent problem. He says everyone has this problem, even in Beverly Hills. He says I have to trap but I can’t stomach it. I am compassionate. Though I don’t mind if the cat eats them, or if the snakes do.

    I’m afraid of the snakes though. A garter snake has been living under the front doorstep this summer. I am so glad winter is coming! I’m sick of snakes. One small one got into the house in the summer. I wouldn’t pick it up. So I lived with it for about two weeks until it found the cat door and went outside. Rodents attract snakes. The landlord said great! when I told him about the snake living under the front doorstep. Awk!

    I am looking forward to winter because it will keep the cat inside at night and she will keep the house cleared out. I would like to get a few more cats but I probably won’t since it takes a lot of savvy for a cat to be able to survive out here with the coyotes.

    I am going to try some of the methods mentioned here. Keep the hood open on the vehicles, park in the direction of the wind and take a bit of comfort in knowing that I don’t fight tattle alone!

  124. I have a small garden and the rat has started making holes underneath in the garden and pulling away the plants. I have tried some pesticide powder that was given for rats , also tried the sticky pads but didnt work. If I cover the place filling with mud , then it has cretaed hole again on the the other side in the similar place. I am fed up of those rats as i am unable to kill them and my plants which are very costly are eaten up. Please let me know if there is any solution, first to kill the and then i can cement the place so that they wont come anymore

    1. You’re certainly not alone. Over the past few years I’ve list all but one kitten I’ve raised. She’s a great hunter and has so far evaded dogs, coyotes and foxes.
      I also have chickens, ducks and rabbits. Wood rats have moved into that area…for the free pellets and grain.
      We’ve been fighting a problem with tats and mice because my stepson didn’t haul off trash. He collected it in piles of bags in a shop and filled a camp trailer with trash bags. He parked it by my home.
      I’m back and with a 30 day eviction notice he and his friends and family are gone. So are the trash bags. I’m down to a mouse in my pantry and rats near the critters. I use a poison in a bait station called Tom Cat. It’s working quite well. I haven’t moved my cat down here yet…she’s still stalking at my home um moving out of. When she come the poisons leave. The dogs haven’t been a problem with this as they leave rats alone. :(
      Cleaning up helped bunches and so has the poison. Its a rural place so I’d imagine mice and some rats will always be a problem especially with our critters being fed here.
      My old place had kangaroo rats. Inthe west but not in California. Cat is an asset there. I may try moth balls, mint, that sort of thing here. I won’t miss them if they move!

  125. Good morning,

    The location of our rat / mouse infestation in Livermore California. We have about 2500 square feet of office and a 10,000 square foot warehouse. We are currently using a pest control company and they have set sticky traps inside the office and warehouse and poison traps around the exterior. I am a big animal lover and have a very hard time with how they are handling this issue. The rats and mice get stuck on the sticky traps and then are thrown in the garbage or someone take them outside and they are killed in many different ways. I however can’t stand to see this so I constantly am trying to free them with cooking oil. Do you have an recommendations on how to handle such a large infestation humanely?

    Thank you

    1. Hey, just wanted to add my 2 cents here.
      Guided by a benevolent neighbor i bought a “cheap” rat poison ($48+shipping). It was a bad investment; found 1 squirrel dead, 0 rats.
      Decided to try some traps, guess what !? Spent another $60 for 2 traps in vain. No rats were caught in almost a month, nevertheless rats became less and less shy, sometimes appearing in broad daylight.
      We have a bird feeder that is the most incentive for rats in our yard, and they started nesting beneath our shed wall.
      With our last hopes, we found an article online about a rat spray that was said to make miracles. We thought it was impossible that a $5 spray would do any good, but what the heck, we’ve place our order. In two days our package arrived, and in the next day the rats were gone.
      I don’t know how this worked, they were just gone. No dead bodies in sight, no bad smell from hidden dead rats, just gone. The spray has a pleasantly mint aroma, which seems the rat hates.

      1. Hi, is the spray you used the peppermint oil advertised on TV? What is the brand name? Did you use it outside? I live in Seattle, will it hold up to rain?

        Thank you

  126. 1) Anti-freeze. Rats need to drink a lot. Anti-freeze tastes good to a rat. Rat dies.
    2) 1 part Baking soda, 1 part sugar, 1 part self-raising flour. The rat generates CO2 gas it cannot expel. Rat dies.
    3) Plaster of Paris. Mix some oats with the plaster. After the rat eats this mixture it drinks water and presto: internal organs turn to cement. Rat dies.

  127. I live at what used to be an old farm, we used to have all sorts of livestock, pets etc. Now we have none and a residential dwelling, we used to have a disgusting amount of rats. Now we have very few. Rat population has been reduced to 10% of what it was. We have been free from rats for a few years but now neighbours have horses and lamas. FOOD SOURCE!! I have a problem. I live in a flint cottage so admission for these horrid sleep depriving disease ridden monsters is easy. I have tried baiting, trapping over many decades. I am trying mint, any thing that is smelly ( air freshener automatic, mint, bleach etc ), even home made poison ( one part flour,one sugar, one part baking soda). My best deterrent that seems to work is to go after the little feebees. As soon as I hear them I am in the attic space with a torch, banging on walls, shouting…..just harassing them. It has been with other deterrents worthwhile. They are intelligent, hunt them they soon become un invited.

  128. I have pet rats… my pet rats love mint… they absolutely love it.. in fact.. putting mint down will actively encourage them… the best way unfortunately is to block up any holes they are getting into.. to put all food in sealed containers.. if the rats are getting into your food store then one of those big bin storage tubs should keep your food safe.. a cat is a great deterrent.. but ultimately, poison is the most effective way.. even though I don’t like to say it .. as it isn’t very nice for the animal.. big traps are quickest for the animal.. but only kill one at a time .. do not use sticky traps they are both cruel and innoficient .. .. most of all make your house undesirable for them .. do not leave leftovers on the side .. keep food stored safely and securely.. block gaps up

  129. Hello, Jeff! I’m a student who is currently at 9th grade; I have a thesis which involves how coffee can kill a rat. Can I ask if it is effective, and what other components can potentially kill a cat so I can go deep and study it? Also, what component can attract rats so they will eat it? One more thing, can a rat from a rice field or a laboratory mouse (white mouse) do the work? By the way, I am from the Philippines. Any help or answers will be greatly appreciated! xoxo

  130. I live in in a trailer park, Our trailer is mostly kept clean, A few papers here and there. My grandsons room is very small with only a dresser, toys, and a bed. No closet at all. We have seen rat droppings in his bed, on the floor and more. I know the saying if you see one you have a problem. Well outside there are woods, a creek. And pine straw everywhere. Of course there is dog food in a bowl on the kitchen floor.. But I can sit on my couch and see the rats roaming even during the day. We have caught them in glue traps, snap traps, used moth balls, Even had cats. Nothing works. I am at my wits end and check the baby daily for marks. None so far, But these blessed things are in his bed. I can’t afford an exterminator as like I said there are woods everywhere, They are in the roof of our mobile home, They are in the walls, under the trailer and more. I have seen them coming in from behind the washer and dryer, I have seen them leave thru the cabnient. We have closed the holes we could see with Strong wood that is not supposed to be able to be chewed thru, we have used old lisence plates and covered holes. I am thinking of using the bean or sweet potato trick. But really need help. Been battling these things for over a year. I am not a member of peta, I am a christian. I really do not think it is wrong to kill these rats, they are vermin, carry disease, and more. I do not care to relocate them, or be humane about killing them. I know they will never go away as we live in this urban, yet wooded area. But any help to keep them at bay would be appreciated. God Bless, Wendy

  131. We have a huge rat problem, Seattle Washington. The pest control company we hired, sealed the attic. But, the rats are crawling on the roof at night, making lots of noise where our dogs bark and keep us awake.

    The pest control came again to discover the rats made a nest on the roof.
    The toilet cake might work. Anything like a spray will dissipate with our daily rain.
    I take it, the toilet cake is the wax sealer used under toilets for plumbing purposes?

    Any suggestions will be gladly welcomed.

  132. I would like to know how to keep the pack rats out of my vehicle. They keep coming back. The mechanic told me to put lights under the vehicle which I have done and to leave the hood open. I have put a light under the hood because I cannot leave the hood open all the way when it rains or snows.

  133. we live in SE Texas had mice now have huge rats we are cluttered working on that problem now ….these things are brave they try to eat out of the pot as your cooking ive tried pellets, the cakes from the feed store gonna try boric acid and peanut butter then im stumped …any help appreciated

  134. Hello I need help I have this rat that keeps coming into my room. I have purchased the glue traps along with the Tom cat mouse killer II and nothing seems to be working. I want to know what is the best way to get and kill the rat and to keep this situation from happening again. I have had enough with this rat and I am tired of living in fear when it comes to me being in my room. Please help this has gone on too long and I can’t take it any more.

  135. So…my pet rat LOVES mints of every shape and size…I can put a few candies out by her and she will ALWAYS take and eat the mints, whether it’s peppermint, spearmint….she especially loves Lifesaver’s Wint-o=Mints which are pretty strong so unless my baby is a weirdo..the mint is debunked

  136. On a farm in cropping country rats and mice regular in dry times and into winter at times.
    Tried electronic device in ceiling not effective, baits etc. and when large infestation of mice smell of dead bodies etc. Will try natural if possible or as many tricks possible. Thank you.

  137. James I feel your pain, I live in Charlestown Mass, part of Boston, my neighbor throws out bird seed, peanuts and anything else. Now we have birds, squirrels, and an infestation of RAT’S . I’ve contacted our Inflectional Services Department of the City of Boston, them come out, ask her to stop. She stops for awhile and starts again. This has been going on for the past 8-10 years. No tickets, no fine’s. However if residents leave out trash barrels to early or left out after the trash has been taken we are fined. If we don’t shovel the public side walks after it snows we are fined.
    Government works for the Government not the people.
    You may want to just move

  138. My neighbor has tons of rats that come out during the day as well as at night.she saw 8 rats in her dogs food at one time.I have had her rats chew through my walls and electrical wiring last year and cost me 1000 dollars to get that straight and get rid of them.I have electronic devices outside as well as in and do not want anymore problems.Please reply.

  139. Rats are dangerous for cars.
    Recently, I had a very bad experience with rats attacking my car. My car was not getting started after keeping it idle for a month, as I had to travel for a business purpose. I realized that petrol has been spread under my car. Luckily there was no spark generated while trying to ignite the engine.The car service people came to the spot and identified that it was caused due to chewing the fuel tube by a rat.
    After some research on the internet, I bought the rat repellent product called No-Entry from Nichem.Solutions. Just sprayed in the engine compartment and has not noticed any signs of rats so far.

  140. Yea..last two years..my neighbor..is a scrapper..brings tons of garbage into his yard..rats live under his garage..last year i told him to call city..he didnt..as he is an addict..but i did..didnt help..still got rats on my property..i have beautiful gardens..called city to get traps..didnt help..so..now..im going commando..moth balls boric acid and pb..and plaster of paris with oatmeal..yaas ammonia..going to war..since..i chased rat in daylight in my yard with a broom..tryin it all

  141. We are having a problem with rats but as we have guinea pigs, chickens, cats and dogs we want to make sure we can get rid of them without harming our own animals. Your comments would be greatly appreciated.

  142. I found out we had a rat problem in our basement, which I say because thats the only place I saw them, and I have no problem with living in denial. We live on a lake. This means there is a constant source or water and food OUTSIDE! However they loved our home as much as we did and like us preferred it over outside. I learned that we had them while doing some work in the garage, one just simply walked out from under my car squeaking and stood right in front of me like he was asking me if I had a Pepsi cuz he was thirsty. I couldn’t believe the lack of concern it had for the situation. I even threw a huge wrench at it (and missed) it looked at me like, so is that a no? And strolled away. I told my husband who said yeah I know I saw one the week we moved in! I said and you did what? He said I sit down here and I shoot them with my co 2 gun! I said really and how many have you killed? He said well I almost killed one, I mean I hit it and it ran away. Shooting them, not effective I said well I will help.

  143. Get some traps! The snap ones, if you want to know where the rats are getting in or traveling the most, lay down some flour in areas they might be going, you’ll see their paw prints probably the next day – then lay your traps accordingly.


  145. Please note that PineSol is TOXIC to cats. Don’t use it or any product that contains anything with ingredients that contain “phenol” in the name!

    The human population has essentially doubled in the last 60-70 years, displacing, inadvertently poisoning, or actively eliminating rodents’ natural predators. At the same time, we have lost most of our skilled building tradespeople (and their knowledge) so sealing up old buildings can be prohibitively expensive. Also, new dwellings can be thrown together very quickly at a much higher profit. It’s a perfect recipe for a rat population explosion.

    Poison, where it can be used safely without harming other creatures, still produces rotting rat carcasses. So do traps and electrocution devices . . . unless we are willing and able to perform regular body disposal (which comes with its own risks, especially to our pets, e.g. leptospirosis).

    Also note that mice infected with tapeworm will reportedly TRY – as in go out of their way – to get eaten by cats. It’s part of the tapeworm reproduction cycle. (We only THINK our higher brains are in charge when really, we – and all animals on the planet – are deeply influenced, to say the least, by the many, many organisms living in our bodies.)

    Seems to me our only safe and somewhat effective approach is to exclude them from our dwellings, make them as unwelcome as possible in our yards, and be as inviting toward rat predators as possible.

  146. I live in British Columbia, Canada. Rats have got into the engine compartment of my truck and chewed the wiring, its cost me $1300.00 so far. I’m getting desperate for a solution.


  147. Hello. Is there any particular type of mint that I should use? I’m looking at a website that sells all sorts of herbs and the mint page has several different types so I’m confused. Thank you very much and kind regards

  148. Wow! That’s a LOT of comments to read through. I’ve started using the ultrasound devices a month or so ago, have gotten quotes from professionals, and am deciding what to do next. They MUST go! Thank you for posting this article online!

  149. Wow. I have recently had rats coming from my attic into my house. I have put all food in plastic and/or refrigerator and put Tom Cat out. After smelling something for a few days I finally found two dead rats, one covered with maggots. Yuck. I thought that took care of it but have a visitor coming every night. I appreciate all suggestions and plan to use many of them including the Pine Sol. Being a 70 year old widow, I am on my own in this fight and hope these methods work. Thank you for your site.

  150. Hi yesterday I was cleaning and refilling my apartment balcony bird feeder and low and behold the cutest Norway rat was munching down on the bird food I check for holes and dropping no sign of either so I’m thinking with the tummy size and brave act of being out during the day she going to be a mom soon ,my question is how the heck do I stop her from making the climb as I’m on the third floor?

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  152. Kinda at wits end. We have an outdoor cat & an indoor cat. We have a very large gray rat. My bro claims we have mice too that bite him tho I’ve never seen one. The outdoor cat just ignores the rat when it’s around. I think the indoor cat is afraid of it. I have tried spring traps (sprung it & pulled it across the kitchen), electrocution traps, glue traps (apparently got stuck & pulled it up his hole), little green squares that go inside traps, sound deterrents, mint (he pulled it up his hole). I’ll try some of the above but am losing hope. Pro’s are sooo expensive & the last one we had charged hundreds to do just what I’ve been doing.

  153. I live near a famers’ field. The rats come every year. We deter them with poison. I hate that because I always wonder if other species will eat the dieing rat (like Eagles). I do not want to be a contributor to that! We are not infested (yet) but we do have rats coming onto the property. Hopefully, the natural method, which will be new to the so adaptable rat, that we can perhaps deter them.

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