Rats are good for the ecosystem but not when they are already infesting our homes. It was known in history how rats almost wiped humanity during the Bubonic plague. Rats carry viruses and disease which are all fatal. Everyone should be cautious about keeping a rat-free home. But how? In this article, we give you information what rats don’t like so you could prevent them from entering your home.
10 Smells That Keep Rats Away
A neurobiologist of The Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, California named Lisa Stowers conducted an experiment related to scents that rats hate. Stowers found out that rats use not only one but two body parts to pick up scents. One is their nose and the other one is a unique sense organ in its nose called vomeronasal organ (VNO).
As we discussed in the article about rat nest, rats have poor eyesight to they rely big time on their sense of smell; whether on finding food or detecting predators. Here’s a list of scents that will surely keep all rats away:
- Moth balls
- Steel Wool
- Pepper Mint Oil
- Bathroom Cake
You can easily find these items in the comforts of your kitchen and bathroom. However, you don’t have to use your own pee just use the ammonia or mothball for they mimic the smell of urine. Peppermint, cedar leaf, cloves and cayenne’s repel rats because of their spicy and pungent smell. They definitely irritate rats’ nose and VNO.
To use the above scents, you can simply put small amounts in cotton balls and place them in rat holes or places where you see mouse droppings. Put steel wool and bathroom cake near rat nest in case you find one. Keep these scents away from children for they can be toxic if ingested.
All animals including humans have its own limitations when it comes to the sound their ears can tolerate. A Dusenbery study in 1992 showed rats and other rodents’ sound sensitivity is much higher than humans. This is the basis why ultrasonic sound rat repellents were invented.
Ultrasonic pest repellents are devices you can simply plug and it will do the job for you. The device releases high-frequency noises which affect rats and bugs trying to enter your home. Ultrasonic sound waves devices give about 20,000 Hz noise which is not audible to humans but are punishing to rats. The high-frequency can cause confusion, convulsion and even seizure causing death to pest like rats.
Ultrasonic sound waves are environment-friendly. It does not emit any chemical which can be toxic for anyone who inhales it. They are also practical for they only consume 2 units of electricity a month. Most ultrasonic sound devices can cover your whole house and garden. They are also portable so you can use it in your office or anywhere you need it to be. It is very handy and can be plugged into standard 220V AC outlets. Ultimately, you can be assured ultrasonic rat repellants will not kill your beloved pets.
Top 10 Cat Breeds for Killing Rats
If you grew up watching Tom and Jerry, pretty sure you know it’s natural notion cats are rats number one enemy. Actually, there also other predator rats are afraid of like the snake. Huge birds like hawks, falcons, and owls also feed on rats. However, petting a snake or big birds just to kill rats is dangerous. So this makes cats as pet and rat killer as the best option.
There are a lot of myths on why cats hate rats but we can say they primarily prey on cats for food. Cats simply follow the nature’s food chain. However, a scientific study revealed certain chemicals found in cat’s saliva that terrifies rats. It is called Mups. The Mups are proteins rats’ VNO pick-up and that alerts them that they a predator is coming. This is why cats and rats have a long history of chasing and running.
If you are planning to get a cat to eliminate rats, here are the best cat breed who are known to be notorious cat-killers:
- American Shorthair
- Maine Coon
- Turkish Angora
- Japanese Bobtail
20 Plants That Keeps Mice Away
If rats can’t invade your house, they will try it nesting on your garden. Gardens are a perfect place for rat nest as they have a good source of food and water in there. But the garden is also the best place to plant rat-killing herb, plants and vegetables. Hit two birds in one shot! You can have organic food just outside your home and you can keep rats away. Begin planting these crops and flowers now:
- Black Pepper
- Wood hyacinth (or squill)
- Grape hyacinth
- Camphor plant
Do hamsters keep mice away?
There are lots of questions we’ve been hearing whether can hamsters repel mice or rats. The answer can be both yes and no. Hamster can keep mice away mainly because they are different types of rodents. They elicit different scents that act like magnets. So the opposite attracts does not apply. Some hamster owners even experimented if hamsters would repel rats. The result is rat and hamster stayed away from each other. They also have different behaviors which make it a bit difficult to put them both in a single cage.
On the other hand, hamsters somehow attract mice. The reason does not have anything to do with the hamster’s scent but mainly because of food. If you have a hamster and it did not eat all of its food, rats would likely enter its cage and rob it of its food.
Top 3 Natural Home Remedies
You can begin creating natural home remedies to repel rats. Simply use these household items:
- Peppermint oil- You can extract oil from the peppermint you planted. Simply put the oil in a piece of cotton ball and place it near rat holes and wall cracks.
- Onion oil- You can buy this from supermarkets or you can make it yourself. Again put enough amounts of onion oil on areas rats would probably go for food. This includes underneath appliances and storage rooms.
- Cayenne or chili powder- Put in a jar or small dish and remain it open. This way its pungent scent would reach rats’ sensitive nose.
Knowing what rats don’t like is a major key to keeping your home rodent free. Just as the saying goes, keep your friends close and your enemies closer.