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How to Repel Rats Naturally

Updated February 21, 2017

Rats are a common concern for many people. Not only are they a nuisance, but they can also transmit diseases and destroy property. Rats can enter homes by various means, using trees, cables, vines and holes. You may have to use a trial-and-error process to remove rates. Sometimes there may be no need to hire an exterminator, and you can easily cut costs by using things around the home to repel rats naturally.

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  1. Repel rats naturally by using peppermint oil. Rats are not fond of the smell of peppermint, which makes it an effective repellent. Soak some cotton balls in the peppermint. Make sure that they are saturated. Place the cotton balls in areas where rats are likely to crawl. Replace the old cotton balls with cotton balls with fresh peppermint oil at least twice a week.

  2. Use ammonia to repel rats naturally. Mix one part ammonia with one part water. Soak old socks or a cloth in the ammonia and squeeze out the excess liquid. Place the cloth where the rats are likely to enter the home. Check the cloth at least once a week and replace if necessary.

  3. Use steel wool to plug all the holes where rats may enter the home. Steel wool is an effective method that is often used to repel rats, as it is difficult for rats to chew through it. The steel wool is more suitable for small holes, but larger holes should be blocked with metal screen.

  4. Tip

    Steel wool should be replaced if it becomes rusty.


    Wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap after coming in contact with rats or their droppings.

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Things You'll Need

  • Peppermint oil
  • Cotton balls
  • Ammonia
  • Cloth
  • Steel wool
  • Metal screen

About the Author

Jennifer Patterson started her writing career as a freelance writer in 2008, contributing how-to articles and other pieces to various websites. She is an expert in the field of computers and health care and attended Miami-Dade community college, where she received an Associate of Science in computer science.

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