DIY Rat Removal Myths: Do They Work?

Two rats hidden

When the weather gets colder, it’s common to see outdoor critters trying to make their way inside to get warm. Rats are one of the main home invaders during this time of year and can be quite difficult to get rid of. While there are a few DIY methods that can be used, Animal Remover debunks these common removal myths to show you the best possible solutions.

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While it sounds silly, cats are actually natural-born hunters. They enjoy chasing after rodents including mice and rats. If you seem to have a consistent rat problem, try adopting a cat. There is no need to train them, just simply let them loose and they’re bound to find that pesky critter wandering around within a few days.

Does it work? Yes.

Studies have shown that just the smell of cats on your property — whether they live indoors or not — might be enough to scare mice and rats off for good. Cats enjoy the thrill of the hunt and will track down a rat or mouse for fun.

High-Frequency Devices

Another non-toxic way to prevent rats is high-frequency sound devices. These devices use batteries to emit a high-frequency pitch which is displeasing to rats. When rats pick up on this sound, their ears can’t handle the frequency and have to bolt. These pitches are inaudible to human ears, so they won’t bother you.

Does it work?: No

While these devices may work for a short period of time, they won’t get rid of the problem for good. Rats are incredibly adaptive and can find ways to avoid the sound altogether. Sound devices typically may not reach the entire house, leaving some spots vulnerable for scavenging.

Peppermint Oil

Since rats have a very sensitive sense of smell, peppermint oil is a method known for being able to keep them away. High in concentration, it’s assumed that rats won’t be able to withstand the strong smell and bolt.

Does it work?: No

Considering rats live in countless areas, including sewers and pipes, if rats can handle the smell of a sewer, they can easily handle the smell of peppermint.

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Let Animal Remover Take Care Of Your Rat Problem

At Animal Remover, there’s not a rat problem we can’t handle. The most common rat complaints to wildlife control facilities are:

  • Rats in the attic
  • Rat droppings
  • Hearing rats in the walls
  • Rats stealing and eating pet food
  • Rats in the basement or crawl spaces

We use only the most humane and up-to-date rat removal equipment, traps, and techniques to take care of your problem. Call us today at 513-324-9453 or contact us online for a free quote.