Natural Repellents for Deterring Rats

Rats are the most common invasive pests that homeowners across the country deal with every year. Rat infestations are not only unsettling, but they are also very difficult to eliminate. It is vital that you take action as soon as you suspect there is a rat infestation in your home to prevent serious and expensive property damage. Here are some natural rat deterrents to help get rid of nuisance rats on your property.

Commonly Used Rat Deterrent Methods

  • Inspect Your Home for Gaps

The rats in your home must have gotten in somehow. More than likely, they got in through a small gap or crevice in your walls or along your floors. This is why you should regularly inspect your home’s exterior for holes and cracks that rats could use to infiltrate your home. Once found, seal any exposures promptly with caulk and steel mesh. While rats have strong teeth that can gnaw through drywall, siding, wood, and other thick materials, sealing existing gaps will make it more difficult for the pests to get inside.

  • Buy Some Plants

Because of their sensitive noses, rats are known to hate strong smells. Many of their most hated scents are found in plants that can easily be added to your garden or kept in pots around your home to deter the nuisance rodents away from your property. Here are a few rat deterrent plants you can purchase:

  • Elderberry
    • Daffodils
    • Lavender
    • Ming

  • Try Essential Oils

Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can still use scented methods for rat removal. Essential oils contain many of the same powerful scents that rats dislike. Simply dab cotton balls with various essential oils and place them around problem areas to spread their scent and deter rats away. Some essential oils that rats hate include:

  • Citronella oil
    • Eucalyptus oil
    • Lemon oil
    • Peppermint oil

While the above rat deterrent methods may help relieve your rat issue temporarily, at the end of the day, the only guaranteed method for completely removing a rat infestation is to rely on the rat removal experts at Critter Control® of Lake County.

Trust Our Rat Removal Professionals to Get Rid of Rats

At Critter Control® of Lake County, we provide fast, effective, and permanent rat deterrent and removal services for Lake County residents and business owners. Our licensed and trained rat removal technicians are highly experienced, and all of our services are safe, non-toxic, and eco-friendly.

To schedule a consultation and receive a free estimate for our rat removal services, call Critter Control® of Lake County today at 352-204-0074.


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