Can You Use Essential Oils for Repelling Rats?

Rat infestations are unpleasant, unwanted, and should be dealt with immediately; however, in a world that is growing more and more conscious of humane practices towards animals, your first instinct may not be to reach for rat poison when discovering rats in your home.

Fortunately, there are a few natural, environmentally-friendly animal removal methods that you can use to repel invasive rats from your property. One such rat repellent method that has been gaining traction in recent years is the use of essential oils, but are they really effective and worthwhile at repelling rats?

The Effectiveness of Essential Oils as a Rat Repellent

There are many different essential oils, so it is important to research which scent works best for the specific purpose of repelling rats. Some people have found success at repelling rats by applying peppermint oil around their homes; however, a little bit of essential oil goes a long way. If you choose to attempt this method, dilute the oil by filling a spray bottle with water and mixing in a few drops of the oil. Once you have your mixture, spray it around your property and then wait and see if your rat problem is resolved. 

The Danger of DIY Rat Removal

While essential oils may help you deter rats away from your property, they are not going to be the most efficient method for removing a preexisting rat infestation. Furthermore, if you are a pet owner, essential oils may not be a safe option for your home because they can be incredibly toxic to certain pets if accidentally consumed.

To protect your pets, yourself, and your property from nested rats, your best option is to save your essential oils for other uses and, instead, rely on the professional wildlife removal services provided by the licensed and trained rat removal technicians at Critter Control® of Lake County.

Your Lake County Rat Repelling Experts

At Critter Control® of Lake County, our rat removal experts are equipped with the experience and expertise needed to perform safe, efficient, and humane rat removal. Our CritterSafe® rat removal process includes:

  1. Inspection: Your home will be thoroughly examined by our experts in order to find all unwanted pests, nests, and entry points.
  2. Removal: Each rat located in your property will be removed using safe and humane trapping methods.
  3. Exclusion: To prevent rats from reentering your property, we will ensure that any compromised areas or holes have been properly sealed. Additional preventative devices such as gates, caps and covers will also be strategically placed in or around your property to keep pests out.
  4. Restoration: Following the removal of all rats from your property, our experts will provide repairs to any additional damages that were caused by the critters.


To schedule an inspection of your Lake County property and receive a complimentary rat removal estimate, call Critter Control® of Lake County today at 352-204-0074.

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