Tips on How to Repel Rats at Home

Rats are horrible rodents since they’re dirty themselves, and also act as carriers for numerous diseases as well as disease-causing germs such as rat bite fever, leptospirosis, and salmonellosis to mention a few. If you have rats in your home, you’ll need to kill and repel them for the sake of your health. Rats are attracted to homes due to poorly maintained pipes, open refuse pits, and dank basements, which house them. Rodents are mainly drawn to your house by shelter, food, and water. Therefore, you need to do away with these pests as fast as possible.

Rodents leave lots of telltale signs that allow you to find out if you’ve got infestation, for example, unexplained fabric tears, lots of odd gnawing marks on furniture and corners, and droppings. If you’ve seen these signs, you most likely have a rat infestation on your hands.

Ways to repel rats at home

Make your home clutter-free

It’s quite easy to realize that rodents will probably stay away from a sparkling clean home as they can’t search for food, live, breed, and build their nests there. So, keep your home clean (including the garage, basement and barn as well), remove your trash in time, and so on. Even if you have a few rats here and there, this can help you prevent a bigger infestation.

Get a live cat

Of course, cats will kill rats and are great hunters. But what about the rodents in your walls and attic? Unfortunately, cats can’t kill those. However, keep in mind that some pet cats aren’t the worst enemies of rats, and so are some pet dogs.

Peppermint oil

Peppermint is the easiest option for those who can’t plant mint in their backyard. If you can’t plant mint, you can naturally repel rats by simply buying peppermint oil online for less than $10. Then drip up to four or five drops of the oil on a piece of cotton, and place it in areas where rats stay more often. Other good alternative options include using citronella and castor oils.

Moth balls

Moth balls may not seem like an effective natural way to repel rats, but they can help. Using moth balls is really simple. Place them in areas like toilets, sinks, cupboards, and sewage lines. The smell emitted by moth balls will repel rats. Just like mint, rats hate this smell. After using moth balls, some homeowners report that rats have suddenly vanished. So, do not hesitate to use moth balls to keep rats away. Also check anti rodent guide – for more ways to keep rats away from your home.

Cat urine

As mentioned earlier, cats and rats aren’t the best of friends, and owing to their lengthy history of predator versus prey relationship, rats have come to naturally fear cats. Apart from this fear, rats pay attention to scents associated with their foes, which includes cat urine. Many people have successfully used cat urine to naturally repel rats from their home. Spray a diluted cat urine solution around suspected places of rat commotion.

Ultrasonic/electronic devices

Electronic or ultrasonic rat repellents, also known as high-pitched sound gadgets work by emitting high-frequency sounds which humans don’t hear but rats can hear (and can’t stand). This helps keep rats away.


You’ll notice testimonials everywhere, especially on various forums online, coming from those who report that ammonia is another high-quality liquid rat repellent. Most homeowners prefer this particular rat repellent as it’s considered totally harmless to humans and pets. Or it’s 100 percent natural.

Ammonia works in quite a simple way to repel rats. Just soak parts of rugs around your home with a mixture of distilled water and ammonia and this should do the trick. Alternatively, you can put ammonia in a bowl and place it in rooms where rats appear more often.

Human hair

Some people say that rats hate the presence of human beings and will vanish once they feel that their ‘privacy’ is being messed with too much. Repelling rats with human hair is yet another rat deterrent method that you can find on the internet. Just clip a mop of hair and place it near areas you last spotted a rat. This will keep rats away from your home, according to many homeowners.