Rats and mice are not only a nuisance, they can also pose a health risk to you and your family. These rodents carry diseases that can be harmful to humans. Furthermore, rats and mice are notorious for destroying lawns, buildings and other outdoor surfaces and structures. Although you can buy commercial products to keep rats and mice out of your yard, these products often contain toxic ingredients. Opt for a natural approach when dealing with mice and rats in your yard to effectively get rid of these annoying rodents without compromising the health of your family or pets.
Clean up the yard. Get rid of old wood piles, lumber, bushes, vines, tall grass and unwanted rocks. Clean up any trash in the yard, and make sure dustbins are sealed tightly.
Spray peppermint oil around your yard, particularly in areas where you know rats and mice are infesting. Lay several rags soaked in peppermint oil around the yard as well. Rats and mice dislike the smell of the oil and will stay out of the area. Replace the peppermint oil-soaked rags as they dry up.
Purchase fox, bobcat or coyote urine pellets from a garden centre and place them in various spots around your yard. These are processed pellets designed to smell like predators of mice and rats, which will keep them out of your yard.
Crumble up toilet cakes -- the deodorising blocks used to hand inside of toilet bowls -- and place them around the yard and in places where rats and mice congregate. Mix in some cedar shavings and rats and mice will stay out of your yard.
Use any one of the above methods, or combine them together, to get rid of rats and mice. Plant some mint in your yard. Rats and mice do not like the smell so it will help to deter them from coming in your yard.