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A rat infestation is not fun.

Human beings have always been annoyed by these small rodents and their annoying habits. If you have been dealing with them too, we may be able to provide some help.

If there is a pack of rats living under your roof, there are a few household ingredients that can help you in getting rid of them. Rats have a very strong sense of smell, and there are a few substances around the house that may smell nice to you but will have any rat scurrying away. Rats are not fond of the smell of vinegar. Hence, spraying vinegar at the site where you suspect rats to be living can force them to vacate. Keep reading for more tips and tricks!

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What smells do rats hate the most?

Rats aren't particularly popular rodents and, if you have had a rat infestation in or around your house, you'll testify to this too! People have always struggled in finding solutions to rat problems and have identified several smells that these pests tend to shy away from or maintain their distance from in fear. Any rancid or pungent smell is likely to deter rats and discourage them from making themselves welcome at your house.

Rats may have compromised and unusually weak vision, but these rodents definitely have particularly strong olfactory nerves. This is because these pests use their smelling agencies in order to communicate with other rats of the same community. In fact, rats use their sense of smell in order to pass on messages and even find mates for breeding. The smells that they communicate through, though, are sure to be a little off-putting for you. The smells that rats communicate through are those of each other's urine. As humans, it is definitely very difficult for us to imagine such a situation, but a rat pees at strategic locations in order to make sure that its mate smells it and decodes the message. Understandably, since rats have such strong olfactory nerves, humans can make use of certain smells as effective rat repellents. Such smells have been identified through a trial and error process, and there is no guarantee that they will work for you. However, if you do not support the killing of pests and are looking around for an effective rat repellent, these smells may help.

The most effective smell that acts as a rat repellent is that of ammonia. This is because ammonia is found in large amounts in animal urine. When a rat smells ammonia, it thinks that the area has been marked as some other animal's territory. The rodent then quits its plans of entering the house where there may be some other animal that is likely to be a threat. Smells such as that of peppermint essential oil, mothballs, balsam, and thyme are likely to deter rats and mice from entering your property or at least keep them away from the specific spots where you place the scents.

Other substances that keep rats away are only home remedies and tend to not work half of the time. The smell of cat litter is sure to get rid of some of the rats that have been trying to enter your house. However, sprinkling cat litter around the house is likely to create smells that will also repel any humans that you live with or invite for a meal. Hence, although cat litter is an effective rat repellent, it may be best to stay away from using this method.

One of the best pest control methods in this regard is to use peppermint oil. Peppermint oil has a strong smell and is one of the best natural repellents. In order to use this substance, douse some cotton balls in peppermint oil and scatter them at strategic places. Such places should ideally be any cracks or electrical wires and any openings under the doors through which a rat or two can easily squeeze in.

The smell of garlic cloves is also sure to work as a mouse repellent. The smell of garlic is strong and pungent, and hence, since rats have a particularly remarkable sense of smell, it will deter them from using any passages with such smells.

At the same time, it must be kept in mind that repelling rats with rat repellents like peppermint oil or ammonia will only be a temporary solution. Rats are clever rodents, and if they realize that there are no possible threats in your house, they will start ignoring the smells and making their way into your beautiful home anyway. Hiring professional help will definitely be the best idea for a long-term solution!

Rats hate the smell of vinegar!

What attracts rats to your home?

Of the many things that attract rats and motivate them towards coming into your house, the smell of food is paramount.

Rats and other such rodents have a tougher time of finding food in the wild than they do in a human household, and hence, if you forget to take the garbage out for a few days or do not hire pest control to take care of the other pests that you may have around the house, rats may take that as an invitation and feel free to make their way into your house.

The most effective way to deter mice is to keep the household clean. If you can control the amount of food that lies open around the house and take out the trash every single day, there will be no opportunity for nasty, mice-inviting smells to build up, and hence, you will be able to lead a happy and stress-free life!

Do rats come out during the day?

Rats and mice are mostly nocturnal rodents.

While you may still spot some mice scurrying away during the daytime, it is mostly during the nights that these animals carry out their adventures. It becomes especially problematic for human beings to deter mice because these rodents tend to enter the house during the night when all humans are off to bed, and no one is guarding the doors.

What are rats afraid of?

Rats hate strong, pungent smells such as that of peppermint oil. To keep rats away, it is best to use their own sense of smell against them.

Some people do not believe in taking a pest's life, and if you are one of them, you can easily repel rats and mice by using natural methods. This will ensure that you do not have to stray away from your beliefs while also having a hygienic and safe household for the entire family.

Rats are also afraid of cats and other large animals. Some people have also gone to extreme lengths to keep mice away by adopting a cat into the family. The rivalry between cats and mice is a legend that is largely true since even a rat is sure to stay away from any household that is marked with the smell of a cat's urine or feces.

It is best if you try out these natural methods before opting for the more serious alternatives since many people feel that all animals have the right to live, no matter how annoying they are!

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Written By
Shirin Biswas

Shirin is a writer at Kidadl. She previously worked as an English teacher, and as an editor at Quizzy. While working at Big Books Publishing, she edited study guides for children. Shirin has a degree in English from Amity University, Noida, and has won awards for oratory, acting, and creative writing.

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