Waking up to the squeaking noise made by rats would be the last thing anybody would wish for. Finding rats in your house is indeed scary, they are filthy and destructive making your house a complete mess, however, just because you’re scared of it doesn’t mean you will have to put up with them. A solid plan is all that’s required to chase rats out of your house and get back to living a carefree lifestyle

Here’s a complete guide that will help you get rid of rats quickly. Let’s begin with-  

Summary

Reasons to keep rats away from your house

What attracts rats to your home?

What are the early signs of rat infestation?

Where do rats hide in your home?

How to get rid of rats?

Onion

Peppermint oil

Bay Leaves

Hot Pepper Flakes

Human Hair

Steel Wool

Hit Rat Glue Pad

Mortein Rat Kill Cake

Trap Cage

Ultrasonic Pest Repeller

How to prevent rats from entering your house?

Reasons to keep rats away from your house

  1. Rats can spread more than 35 different diseases, including Salmonella, rat-bite fever, murine typhus, infectious jaundice, and the plague. Their urine, fur, and dander can trigger asthma attacks and allergies
  2. Rats reproduce rapidly. If you do not chase them away from your house at the earliest, you can see their population in your home getting out of control as a female rat can conceive 7 times in a year and deliver around 8 pups in each litter
  3. Rats can cause major damage to your house by chewing through wood, drywall, and insulation and causing fires by chewing through electrical wires

What attracts rats to your home?

Food

Believe it or not, rats can eat anything available to them. Milk, meat, veggies, soap, leather, fur—it’s all good to them. However, their first preference will always be scavenging through trash and eating the leftovers

Water

Apparently, rats can go for days without drinking water as gain all the water they need from the foods they eat. However, dripping pipes, pet bowls of water, leaking sprinklers and other sources of water attracts rats into your home

Shelter

Since rats are warm-blooded animals, they’re always looking for a shelter that can be a potential nesting site for their young. They can make use of just about any kind of available materials to build their shelter on your attic

What are the early signs of rat infestation?

Strange Smells & Sounds

The powerful ammonia smell coming out from rats cannot go unnoticed. Moreover, unlike other pests, they make a lot of squeaking, scratching, and rustling noises hinting their presence as they move throughout your home

Droppings & Smears

As rats wander around your house, they tend to leave droppings as a sign of their presence. You may notice small, dark, pellet-shaped droppings along main rat pathways. As they travel, they leave grease smears and smudges along the walls

Footprints

Got a rat problem? To confirm about it, take a close look into a seldom-used, dusty corner of your home. Rats often leave foot and tail marks in the places they travel

Damage

Lastly, rats cause destruction in their path. They can chew on electrical cords, chairs, storage bins, or paper, and eat food that has been left out on the counter

Where do rats hide in your home?

Following are the most common hideouts of rats-

  • Air ducts
  • Venting systems
  • Behind cabinets and stoves
  • Walls
  • Storage boxes
  • Crawl spaces in ceilings
  • Basement
  • Under refrigerators
  • Inside woodpiles
  • In piles of clutter

How to get rid of rats?

Onion

The pungent smell of onion isn’t bearable by rats ultimately driving them away. Place onions where rats frequent and let the strong odour do its work. However, replace the onions in a day or two as they get rotten

Peppermint oil

Same as onion, rats detest the smell of peppermint oil which chases them away. Dip cotton balls in peppermint oil and leaving them at likely entry points or hidey-hole in your home to keep rats at bay

Bay Leaves

The pleasant smell of bay leaves attracts the rats and they assume it to be their meal, but here’s a twist, bay leaves are highly toxic to rats, upon feeding rats will choke themselves and eventually die. Quickly, place the bay leaves around the corners of your house to get rid of rats

Red Chilli Flakes

Upon contact with red pepper flakes, rats repel!! The burning sensation caused by these spicy seasonings will drive the rats away from your home. Sprinkle hot pepper along the doorways and other corners of your house to get rid of rats

Human Hair

Perhaps the no-cost home remedy recommended for keeping away rats is human hair. Rats cannot stand the sight of human hair as they are afraid of humans closer to them. Place a few strands inside the holes or areas where they hide and see them running away from your home

Steel Wool

Unlike many other items, rats find it difficult to chew through stainless-steel wool due to the sharp fibres. If rats attempt to chew through the sharp fibres, they will find it offensive and painful

Hit Rat Glue Pad

HIT Rat Glue Pad comes with a strong glue gum for maximum effectiveness. Place the glue pad near entry-exit points where rats appear. Place more traps if the infestation is high. Release the rat by pouring vegetable oil

Mortein Rat Kill Cake

The smell of the rat poison inside the cake sachet attracts rat, luring them to chew through it and consume all of it. However, just a single feed from the bait inside will kill the rats. Place these poisonous rat kill cake bites in places rats frequent

Trap Cage

Place this trap cage at the hidden spots of rats with cheese or anything that can lure the rats. The moment rat enters the cage and tries to get hold of the eatery kept inside it; the cage will close by releasing the door with the help of springs attached. Thus, your target is trapped!!

Ultrasonic Pest Repeller

This Ultrasonic Pest Repeller will not just keep your house rat-free but also insects free. Just plug in this pest rejector and let its high-frequency scare off all the insects that were successful enough to invade your home

How to prevent rats from entering your house?

  • Block all entry points - fill holes, cracks and gaps
  • Keep clutter to a minimum and move objects away from walls to ensure you can check what’s hiding behind them. Less clutter means fewer places to hide
  • Immediately clean the food spills
  • Throw away trash regularly and keep your trash bin covered
  • Feed your pets inside the house and keep their water bowls indoors. You should also keep litter boxes clean and pick up any pet feces from your yard
  • Clean your home regularly, paying special attention to the kitchen
  • Store dry goods and pet food in airtight containers
  • Keep basements and crawl places well ventilated and dry
  • Eliminate any standing water and old pots filled with water