Few people look forward to sharing their homes with uninvited visitors like rats, and when those rats do take up residence, homeowners want to get rid of them as soon as possible. Even so, many people object to the use of poisons and noxious chemicals to deal with a rat problem. If there are young children and pets in the home, the use of potentially hazardous chemicals is even more of a problem. Fortunately there are some all-natural remedies designed to send those rats packing.
Start by checking your home for holes and gaps where the rats are coming in. The best way to get rid of rats once and for all is to stop them from coming in. Plug any gaps in your home's foundation, and look for any cracks that allow rats to enter.
Practice good food hygiene by placing all dishes in the dishwasher or cleaning them right away. Also make sure that all food is stored in airtight bowls or plastic bags. Never leave food lying out at night--rats will do everything they can to get that food.
Look for signs of the rats, like tracks and droppings. Get to know which trails they are using as they move around the home--this makes it easier to set down natural barriers and baits to get rid of the rats.
Fill a spray bottle with apple cider vinegar and spray along the rat trails you have identified. Also spray along the exterior of the rooms where the rats have been spotted. Rats typically dislike the smell of vinegar and may avoid the sprayed areas.
Mix equal parts Plaster of Paris and cornmeal and place it in a bowl near where the rats have been spotted. The rats will be unable to properly digest this material and will die as a result. Use caution if you have children and pets in the house, since they could be attracted to the bowl.
Plug ultrasonic pest repellers into your electrical sockets to repel rats and mice naturally. Use two repellent units for large rooms, and make sure at least one unit is plugged in to an electrical socket in each room.