The only nightmare worse than discovering rats in your home is how difficult it can be to get rid of the rodents. While a many methods work to expel or kill the rats, more homeowners are searching for humane ways to get rid of the pests that do not involve traps, poison, electrocution or other grisly methods. One of the more natural ways to rid a home of rats is with peppermint oil.
Peppermint oil comes in two types: pure essential peppermint oil and peppermint extract. To rid your home of rodents, you will want the pure peppermint oil, as the extract will simply make the rats drunk, but will not repel them.
Rats have keen senses of smell and do not like the smell of peppermint oil, which is one of the stronger smelling of the essential oils. By safeguarding your home with peppermint oil, your house will be too "stinky" for the rats to invade, while not "stinking" to you.
Place liberal amounts of peppermint oil onto cotton balls and deposit these cotton balls where you have seen rats or their droppings in your home. You also can place the peppermint oil covered cotton balls in places such as attics and underneath sinks where you think the rats may invade.
In addition to rats, peppermint oil is believed to be a deterrent to other rodent pests, including squirrels and mice.
As an essential oil, peppermint oil is supposed to have healing properties for colds, flus, digestive problems and other illnesses. Practitioners of aromatherapy advocates the use of peppermint oil for these reasons, and by using peppermint oil to get rid of rats, you may reap the healthy benefits of breathing a beneficial essential oil.