How to Get Rid of Rats Without Poison
The phrase “They have to die!” may pop in your head as soon as you see signs of a rat infestation inside of your home. However, the last thing you want to do is risk harming your family by using hazardous chemicals and poisons to get rid of rats. Fortunately, there are several effective steps you can take to get...
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HOW TO GET RID OF RATS WITHOUT POISON
The phrase “They have to die!” may pop in your head as soon as you see signs of a rat infestation inside of your home. However, the last thing you want to do is risk harming your family by using hazardous chemicals and poisons to get rid of rats. Fortunately, there are several effective steps you can take to get rid of those rodents without those dangerous chemicals, sprays and products.
Consider Getting a Cat
The typical “cat and mouse” conflict has been featured in television shows and cartoons for years. However, it is a real-life example of predator vs prey. Rats and mice are instinctively frightened by their life-threatening predators – especially cats. If you can accommodate adding a cat into your family circle, you will receive a new feline friend and a natural rat repellent all in the same package. On the other hand, if you are against having or allergic to cats, studies have shown that cat litter works well as a repellent for the same reason. The scent of cat litter is alarming to rats and mice, causing them to fear the illusion of a nearby cat.
In addition to using cats and/or cat litter, there are several other poison-free options for you to consider to get rid of rats effectively.
Trust in Traditional Traps
Traditional traps may seem outdated and “old-fashioned,” but that does not mean they are no longer effective. A strategically placed trap with good bait can help you to get rid of rats much sooner than you think. It may not work as quickly as using chemical poisons and sprays. However, a vast number of consumers view it as the more humane option. An added benefit is that you will never have to worry about any hazardous chemicals being exposed to your family through a simple, spring trap.
Dryer Sheets Are Not Just for Laundry
Put aside a few of the spare dryer sheets you have reserved for laundry. Many homeowners are surprised to know that these sheets play a big role in getting rid of rats without needing any chemicals. While humans love the scent of dryer sheets with fresh laundry, rats and mice hate it. These sheets are effective repellents, because the rodents will refuse to be anywhere close to them. Place them strategically near the rodent’s entry and exit points in your home as well as such “hot spots” as your kitchen and the garbage bin(s) outside of your house.
Season Your Meals, Repel Your Rodents
Did you know there may be several items in your kitchen pantry that can season your food and repel rats and mice? For instance, rats cannot tolerate the scent of ground pepper. Smelling pepper too long can cause their lungs to inflate excessively, which will kill them. With their lives at stake, chances are they will not stick around too long if you sprinkle pepper near their “hot spots” and entry/exit points. The strong scent of peppermint oil is another effective rat repellent. The same strong aroma that entices culinary chefs and homeowners can actually kill rats and mice if they exposed to it for too long. Rats are also disgusted by the scent of onions; onion slices placed near their hiding spots could get rid of them for good.
Seasonings and Foods that Can Kill Rats
If you want a more permanent solution to your rat problem, there are certain seasonings that can naturally kill them as well. For example, bay leaves create fatal reactions within a rodent’s body. The sweet aromas of these leaves will captivate the rats’ attention, reeling them in like hooked fish. When they try to eat it, however, they may choke on the leaves before swallowing them. If they do manage to ingest them, though, the metabolites within the leaves will destroy their digestive system and kill them.
Another food item with life-threatening consequences for rodents is instant mashed potatoes. It may sound like a ridiculous idea, but you have to focus on the structure of the flakes within a box of instant mashed potatoes. They are dehydrated before being stored. Humans rely on the expansion of those flakes when cooking to create a substantial side dish. However, when they expand in a rat’s stomach, the rat becomes bloated immediately and will die. While you are shopping for groceries and searching through your pantry, those are several options you may want to add to your list.
Keep an Eye on Food Scraps and Garbage
One of the best ways to get rid of rats without poison is to get rid of anything that may grab their attention. Rats and mice are primarily focused on their incessant need to eat and chew. These relatively small rodents are known for eating 1/3 of their body weight every day, which is why they are always on the lookout for their next meal. Dispose of leftover food and food scraps in a timely fashion. Keep your outside garbage stored in closed containers or bins to prevent these critters from having easy access to it.
You should also remember that a rat’s front teeth can grow up to 5 inches each year. The only way for them to control this type of rapid growth is to sand them down by chewing on whatever they can find. If you have any wood stored or stacked near your home, these types of items could quickly become chew toys for rodents. Keep this in mind when choosing the best location for your firewood and construction materials.
Be Creative and Clever
The bottom line is that you can get rid of rats without using hazardous chemicals and poisons. However, it will require you to be a little creative – especially when it comes to using aromatic seasonings, dryer sheets and kitty litter to get the job done. It is recommended for you to try one method at a time in moderation. Leaving an excessive amount of these naturally repelling foods scattered throughout your home may draw a different crowd of insects, rodents and creatures that you did not expect. If you feel as if nothing is working or would like to explore other effective pest control options, do not hesitate to seek professional assistance.
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