Tips and means: drive away rats in the garden, house and business

What helps against rats? What can I do if I want to drive away rats or avoid rat infestation in the future? Are there any remedies against rats that will help immediately? When the first shock has passed, it is essential to keep a cool head first because panic is now the worst adviser. Rats find their way into the home environment through building damage and human thoughtlessness when dealing with garbage. We show how rats can be driven away and how they can preventively prevent rats from nesting. In addition, we give specific tips against rats and state rules of conduct that should be observed in the event of rat infestation.

rat on the floor

Driving away rats: what helps?

What helps against rats? To drive away rats, one must first know how they could gain access to the home environment and what might have attracted them. To do this, damage to the building should first be removed. Help against rats also promises a whole range of valuable tips on handling food and waste. Objective: The food sources of rats are to be removed. If you observe the following tips against rats, you should drive away rats and avoid or prevent future rat infestation.

Eliminate building defects: drive away rats.

  • Door gaps – Rats already have holes and door gaps of 2 cm to squeeze through. Therefore, to drive away rats, doors or gates that do not close tightly must be equipped with so-called nylon brush strips or rubber lips.
  • Cracks and joints – windows, doors and ventilation openings are secured by stable grids with a small mesh size, no larger than 18 mm.
  • Damage in the sewer area – Immediate repair of damaged sewer systems. Help against rats is also offered by securing water drains (gullies), which can be connected using metal grids. Broken pipes from the sewer system that reach the surface in the basement should be sealed immediately.
  • Breakthroughs through walls and ceilings – Breakthroughs for supply lines should be closed with rock wool or close-meshed wire netting and sealed with cement mortar. Cuffs also help. Filling with sheet metal, especially for openings in wooden walls and ceilings, is another effective means of combating rats.
  • Elevator shafts – Elevator shafts can be the focus of infestation in buildings. Rats can easily climb the cables, guide rails or tubes inside such elevator shafts. The space for the drive motors of the lifts also often provides rats with a relatively undisturbed area to nest.
  • Backflow flaps in toilets – By installing backflow flaps in the drainage systems, rats can be prevented from entering.

rat in a rathole

How does a rat infestation come about in the garden?

Our sewer system is ideal for rats to live: there is enough food, rats can reproduce and move freely there, as there is enough space, and there is no threat from natural enemies. But at some point, it will still be tight for such a population of rats. And that’s exactly when rats dare to venture out of the sewer system and look for new territories to live on. These rats then explore the whole area but prefer green spaces, often appearing in public parks and private gardens. If they can then satisfy all their needs there, such as shelter, food and the possibility of building a nest, they stay there and are very difficult to drive away again. So what should you do so that rats don’t infest your garden? The answer is obvious: you should do something to keep rats comfortable with you.

How can I spot rats in the garden?

  • The first thing to do is to see if your supplies have gnawed marks or if there are any rat droppings nearby. Be careful, though: as rat faeces can contain bacteria, it is highly recommended that you either wear protective clothing or let professionals remove the rat faeces.
  • Traces and noticeable walkways could also be signs of rats in your garden.
  • Check for dead animals in your yard.

If you’ve spotted rats in your yard, don’t wait as the plague spreads quickly. Contact us as soon as possible to effectively and professionally help you with your rat problem.

Rules of conduct against rats

  • Food and food scraps – should under no circumstances be disposed of down the toilet or sink, as these serve as a welcome source of food for the rats in the sewers and pipe systems.
  • Compost heaps in the garden – the overflowing with organic waste is a laid table for rats. Also, do not throw cooked food on the compost. Watch out for holes in the ground in the immediate vicinity. The same applies to unlocked rubbish bins in the courtyard or basement or recycling sacks (“yellow sack”) with food packaging that has not been freed from leftovers.
  • Pets and rats – In principle, the food of dogs, cats, birds, hamsters & Co. tastes good to the rats too. Larger containers of animal feed should, therefore, always be stored locked. Rats are also happy to have birdhouses with which they can get through the harsh winter very well.
  • Garbage bags – locked or deposited in the garbage container and, if possible, only put on the street on the collection day. The same goes for yellow sacks. The lids of organic bins should always be kept closed. Otherwise, rats can get in.
  • Poor cleanliness in animal stalls and cages – encourages rat infestation. Sustainable care prevents.
  • Doors to the garden or courtyard – should be closed consistently, especially in the winter months. Do not leave unbarred cellar windows open.

rat in a sack

(House) remedies against rats

When asked what helps against rats, various (house) remedies supposed to drive rats away are repeatedly discussed. Background: Most people want to avoid the use of poison at first. A guarantee for the effectiveness of the agents listed here against rats cannot be given:

  • Domestic cats – considered to be the best cure for rats because their innate hunting instincts make them go on the prowl right away.
  • Turpentine – supposedly to help against rats. To do this, rags are soaked in turpentine and pressed into the openings of rat burrows. Cayenne pepper, which is sprinkled around the walkways, is also said to help drive away rats, as the rats’ cleaning reflex ensures that the pepper is absorbed through the fur.
  • A lime paint in the cellar – should also help against rats. For this purpose, iron insult is added to the lime.
  • Chamomile, mint, and peppermint (also oil) help drive away rats or keep them away. The same is said of chilli peppers, cloves and oleander leaves.
  • Used cat litter – supposedly to help against rats. To do this, the cat litter is placed in a cloth bag, from which the odour molecules can escape, near the walkways and nests of rats.
  • When using snap or live traps, the use of peanut butter or a piece of chocolate as bait is said to work wonders and magically attract rats.

Have you followed the tips and remedies against rats and have no success? To drive away rats or combat them effectively, one should rely on professional help, significantly if home remedies or products against rats have not helped.

So don’t waste any more valuable time because: Before a small rat infestation spreads into a rat plague, you should call in the AAA Termites and Pest Control pest experts. AAA Termites and Pest Control knows what helps against rats and specialises in rat control.