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How to Deter Rats from Your Home and Garden

Rats can pose health risks to humans and cause structural damage to property and gardens. Their persistent nature and keen ability to exploit even the smallest resources make them a formidable nuisance. However, understanding their behaviour and implementing a proactive plan can keep them at bay.

This article explores practical methods to deter rats from invading your home and garden to ensure a safer and more pleasant living environment.

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Problems that Rat Cause

Rats pose a significant health risk to humans, for they carry diseases such as salmonella, which can be transmitted through their droppings, urine or direct contact.

Rats are also known to cause considerable property damage, for they can chew through materials like wood, plastic and even metal, damaging structures, electrical wires and plumbing.

Signs of Infestation

Strong indicators of a rat infestation in your home and garden include small, dark droppings and gnaw marks in specific areas like the kitchen or shed. You may even hear scratching or scurrying noises in walls, ceilings or floors at night and smell a musky odour.

So, here are some ideas on how to deter rats yourself.

Seal Entry Points

Regularly check for cracks, crevices or holes that can provide entry for the rats and seal them with robust materials like concrete, metal mesh or steel wood. For smaller gaps, expanding foam sealant can be used.

Make sure all sheds, greenhouses and garages are fully secure within the garden. Also, consider purchasing and placing a rat-proof mesh beneath the decking or raised garden beds to prevent burrowing.

Proper Waste Management

Ensure all food waste is promptly disposed of in a sealed bin and regularly empty it. It’s equally important to keep outdoor bins clean to eliminate any odours these pests can detect. Further, keep surrounding areas clutter-free so as not to provide nesting materials.

To restrict warm shelter further, keep compost bins well-maintained. Frequently turn the compost and cover it with a tightly fitted lid.

Remove Food and Water Sources

To refrain these pests from nesting and reproducing on your property, securely store all food items in airtight containers. If you have a pet, avoid leaving their food in the open and store it in tight containers.

If you have a fruit tree or an allotment area, promptly clear fallen fruits, nuts and vegetables, as these can also attract rodents. Avoid feeding the birds in your garden, for grains and seeds are just as inviting to rats.

To eliminate water sources, address leaky pipes and drain stagnant water from places like bird baths or potted plant saucers.

Use Natural Deterrents

Strong plants like mint, lavender and catnip can be a natural repellent for rats. Planting them around the perimeter of your property or near potential entry points can be an effective and eco-friendly way to keep rats away from your house and garden. Additionally, crushed pepper or peppermint oil sprinkled or sprayed around the garden and home can be just as effective.

Another chemical-free way to deter rats is to own a dog or a cat. The presence of predators via scent will signal danger to rodents, discouraging them from entering your home or garden.

Professional Pest Control

Professional rat control experts have extensive knowledge about rats’ behaviours, habitats, elimination methods and deterrence. They can efficiently target and address rat infestation using specialised equipment and treatments.

Furthermore, they provide guidance on preventative measures, ensuring long-term protection. By leveraging their expertise, you can achieve faster, more sustainable results, ensuring your living spaces remain safe, hygienic and free from unwanted pests.

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