Many of the methods for dealing with a rat infestation involve rat poison. However, there are more natural options for doing so. It’s just a matter of understanding what rats like and dislike in nature and replicating those conditions in your home or yard. You will be surprised at how easy it is to control rats in your area using these resources.
1. Larger Predators for Controlling Rats
Dogs will chase rats off, but other than spooking them, they probably won’t get rid of them. Cats on the other hand are the domestic animal that won’t just chase rats off but will follow them to all the little places you can’t pursue. If you live in an area conducive to an outdoor cat, consider this as an option. However, be sure that you can commit to being a responsible cat owner before doing so.
2. Using Scented Deterrents for Controlling Rats
If you’re not a cat owner and don’t want to invest in one animal just to get rid of another, go simpler and just make your area smell as though a cat or dog was present. Something as common as the scent of large predatory pet fur or urine can be enough to deter rats from a spot. Whether you purchase predator urine or have fur donated from a shelter, try placing it in the area where the rats are nesting a creating the most damage.
Another smell that will keep rats away is ammonia. You can soak a cloth or a cotton ball in ammonia and put it into a small container or coffee can. Set this where the rodents nest or cause damage. The smell is so strong that they will have no choice but to leave and go somewhere else. For rats that seem to love being under your automobile, you can set the ammonia in a coffee can under your car.
3. Use Live Traps
Check and see if your local law allows you to trap live rats, then move them. There are a few city ordinances that may not allow you to trap live rats.
The thinking behind prohibition ordinances is that by trapping them and moving them, you will be creating a rat problem for somebody else. If your city will allow, you can trap the rat in a live trap and move it to another location where they are released and still live, like a wooded area.
4. Taste Deterrents to Control Rats
For some reason, rats love to chew on car engine wires. They crawl under the engine to keep warm, and then they chew your wires. The ammonia under your car should work. If you keep any engine wires in your garage or shed, you may want to put some hot pepper sauce or wasabi on them. This will keep them away for sure!