In this article, we are going to discuss some of the different rodent repellents and how effective each of them are.
Rodent repellents can be very effective regardless of what the rodent is, and regardless of how they are bothering you. The best repellents that you can use are the unharmful options, such as a sound repellent or simply keeping your property clean, although there are a lot of different things that you can try to repel rodents. Our focus in this article will be to discuss how you can prevent rodents from wreaking havoc on your property and some of the different repellent options that are available – so, let's get right into it.
How to Prevent Rats and Rodents
Before we jump into the nitty-gritty of it all, there is one thing that you can do to prevent rats and rodents which is incredibly effective.
Let's take the classic "racoons at the bins" scenario. It's no secret that rodents, as well as racoons, are attracted to your bins outside and after "visiting" you a few times and making a mess of them, they'll find more things to do that will inconvenience you. With this in mind, the best thing that you can do is keep the outside of your home as clean as possible and when you take out the trash, double bag it so that they have a harder time getting into it – thus, they will give up and head elsewhere.
Of course, cleanliness isn't always enough and there are often some persistent rodents who will return until you look into the more aggressive repellents.
Rat Repellent Facts
Before you make a decision on which rat repellent to try out, it's important to learn about rats and rat repellents so that you can make an educated decision on which you want to try first.
- There are different species of rats so if your friend has told you that they successfully got rid of rats with a specific repellent, don't instantly assume that it will also work for you as there's a chance that it won't.
- Rats have a very strong sense of smell and will typically be attracted to outside bins that are full of wasted food.
- Although keeping your property clean is effective, rats like to wreak havoc in recently cleaned areas. It may take a few days for the "cleanliness" of your area to have a real impact.
- Sound repellent methods are not only more humane but are also proven to be more effective than methods such as killing rats or homemade sprays.
Natural Rat Repellent
Natural rat repellents are worth trying before you move onto the more aggressive approaches, such as traps or poisons. They can be cheaper, safer (especially for those with children), and you don't have to kill the rats.
Repellent Sprays. We will discuss these in more depth later in this article, although repellent sprays are a popular choice as they are easy to make at home and don't smell horrible either. Typically they consist of water or rubbing alcohol, and a small percentage of an essence (such as peppermint).
Sound Repellent. This is a relatively new concept and thus the most effective devices can be quite expensive, although sound repellent is one of the most innovative and effective methods that you can use. The way in which sound repellent works is by emitting a sound that only rats can hear, but that sounds horrific to them, which will discourage them from coming near your property.
Predator Urine. In comparison to a spray that is appealing to us like we mentioned before, you can try using predator urine too. When a rodent smells the urine of one of their predators they will run because of their fear of being hunted and killed.
Get a Cat. Having a cat can scare away rodents from your property for one reason: they're really scared of cats. To add to this, cats love to hunt and if they spot a rodent, they'll go out of their way to catch and kill their prey. The only downside is that your cat might bring you home a "gift" every once in a while.
Rat Repellent Sound Machine
Next on our list of rodent repellents is the rat repellent sound machine. These machines are known to be very effective and there is virtually no maintenance with them (unless the one you get is battery powered, in which case you would have to change the batteries every so often).
The way these machines work is that after you turn them on, or plug them in, they will send out an irritating noise at a frequency which only rodents and rats are able to hear.
The upsides to using a rat repellent sound machine are that it doesn't harm the animals and they're not very expensive either. On the other hand, making sure that you get the right one is important. Some are meant for indoor pests and thus, buying one of those for an outdoor problem would be very ineffective.
If you plan on using the rat repellent sound machine forever then it might be a good idea to look into a solar rat repellent sound machine. These require no maintenance whatsoever and if you make sure that the solar panel isn't covered up, they can be incredibly effective for outdoor pest control.
Rat Repellent Spray
Rat repellent sprays are one of the best things that you can try. Not only are they relatively harmless to rodents, but they aren't expensive to buy (or even make) and smell pretty good too. This might be the best choice for you if you have children who play outside of your home as there's no risk of them being harmed by this repellent.
Peppermint Repellent. While the scent of peppermint oil is appealing to us humans, rodents despise this smell and will run away from it. To create this repellent, simply mix together a cup of water with two or three teaspoons of peppermint oil.
Wintergreen Repellent. This homemade repellent works in a similar way to the peppermint repellent. Just as rodents hate the smell of peppermint, they also dislike the scent of wintergreen. As with before, mix together one cup of water with two or three teaspoons of wintergreen oil and use appropriately.
After either buying or mixing these sprays at home, you can either soak cotton balls in the mixture and place them outside or you can spray the bottle of liquid around the outside of your home. We recommend that you soak cotton balls as they will provide a scent for much longer and you can leave them for up to a week before you have to replace them.
As bothersome as rodents can be, deciding which rodent repellent to use isn't too difficult and you'll find that within just a few nights, whichever you choose to use will be effective. It's just a matter of keeping the exterior of your home clean, trying a few different repellent options, and determining which one is the most effective one for you. Remember, all rodents will react differently to different repellents so you might find yourself having to use multiple repellents at once.