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Rat Control Methods & Repellents Compared

By : Rita Stadler

Rat problems call for immediate and effective action. Rodents spread diseases that can be harmful to humans and animals, so getting rid of them before this happens or they cause damage to your property is crucial.

You want results from the type of repellent or control method you decide to use. You want confidence that the pest control option you are buying will, in fact, keep these pests out of your home. 

Here’s a comparison chart that looks at different aspects of various control methods to help you find the best rat repellent for your house: 

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Finding the Best Rat Repellent for Your Home

There are different options, including home remedies and products, that are meant to keep these pests away. Each method has its benefits and drawbacks. Below, we go into further detail about each deterrent method.

Botanical Repellents

The best, most effective option is a scent-based deterrent. A botanical repellent uses plant-based materials to help keep rats from entering the property. Certain plant-based scents, such as peppermint or balsam fir, are offensive to these pests due to their great sense of smell. A product containing the right combination of these plants and oils is an effective and safe way to keep rats away. 

Fresh Cab Rodent Repellent is an example of a plant-based deterrent. It works by keeping these pests out of an area and causing those already in the area to leave. The pouches work to get rid of the rats instead of killing them, which helps to preserve a balanced ecosystem. 

This product is made with ingredients grown on American family farms. It contains a powerful combination of ingredients, including corn cob chips, herbal extracts, and plants, that are guaranteed to repel rats and other rodents. In fact, in rigorous testing, the product has shown to be highly effective at keeping rats out – more so than other competitors.

Peppermint Oil

The use of peppermint oil is a DIY solution that’s often used as a rat control method. While this method is environmentally safe, it’s effectiveness is somewhat inconclusive. The scent tends to wear out rather quickly, and the oil typically needs to be replaced every couple of weeks. 

Moth Balls 

This control method is easy to try, and easily available in stores. However, this solution can be toxic to children and pets and is not proven effective for repelling rodents

Rat Poison

When it comes to using poison as a control method, there are some dangers associated. This method is used to kill rats, which means a dead rodent could be laying around your home and will need to be disposed of properly. It’s also not safe to have around children and pets. We do not recommend this technique.  

Ultrasonic Pest Repellers

Ultrasonic sound-based rat deterrents work by emitting high-frequency sound waves that are supposedly inaudible to humans and pets but drives rats away. These electronic devices require a source of energy, such as electricity or a battery, to run. You must use multiple devices as they do not transmit through walls into other rooms or around furniture.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Ultrasonic Repellents

Ultrasonic repellents are beneficial because they require no poisons and do not put the user in contact with potentially dangerous rats. Most people do not realize they are installed on the property because they cannot hear the sound.

The theory behind these devices makes sense. Unfortunately, the actual performance of these repellants is spotty. Some people report excellent results, while others find they do nothing to keep the critters at bay. Because the sound is not audible, you will not know if this product stops working.

Also, the sound the repellent emits is supposed to be inaudible to humans. However, some have reported that they hear a “humming” or “chirping” sound from the device. Animals may be bothered by it as well, making this repellent a problem in barns or around pets.

Finally, this is not really a “green” repellent. While it doesn’t use poison or harmful chemicals, it requires electricity in some form to work and is typically made from plastic. 

Blocking Entrances 

In theory, you can keep rats out of your home by completely blocking their entrance to the property, a process known as exclusion. Buildings can be rat-proofed if all holes larger than ½ inch are closed. The best method of filling gaps and holes is to place steel wool in the opening and then use silicone caulking to seal it up. Spray foam is not recommended as rodents can chew through it much more easily.

However, this is not always possible, especially in an older home or outdoor building. These pests can also get into the home through utility lines and plumbing if they are determined to do so. If you have a rat infestation, you will need a proven repellent to deal with it.

What Next?

As a homeowner, if you stumble across this problem on your property, it’s important to figure out an effective rat repellent solution quickly. The longer you let it go, the worse the problem can get. 

Fresh Cab® and Stay Away® Rodent pouches contain fast-acting, plant-powered ingredients that work to keep rodents away. They offer continuous protection for 30 days.