The most common natural rat repellent is peppermint oil. To be effective, the oil must be highly concentrated. It must also be reapplied whenever the smell is no longer noticeable upon first entering the treated area.
It is also effective to mix garlic, horseradish and cayenne pepper in vegetable oil and spray it around areas where rat droppings have been observed. The best way to keep rats out of a building or home is by keeping everything clean. Food and crumbs left on the table or floor are likely to attract rodents. Daily sweeping and the prompt removal of garbage goes a long way toward preventing a rat infestation.Learn More
To get rid of mice naturally, eliminate their entry points, food sources and bedding supplies, then use peppermint oil and moth balls to repel them. If all else fails, get a cat.Full Answer >
Baited traps, such as traps with a snapping mechanism and electronic traps, are often used to catch rats in the home. Nonlethal traps are also an option to capture rats.Full Answer >
There are several effective vole repellents, such as thiram-based repellents and rodent-proof garden fencing. Thiram-based repellents, including Shotgun Deer and Rabbit Repellent, need to be reapplied frequently and can wash away with rain. Wire mesh garden fencing can be wrapped around plant and tree roots to keep voles away.Full Answer >
Essential oils such as lavender, lemongrass, citronella and eucalyptus are all effective indoor cat repellents. They can be used in their pure form, or they can be mixed with water and put into a spray bottle. Orange peels, lemon rinds and the herb rue can also be used to keep a cat away from a specific area or a piece of furniture.Full Answer >