Rats can cause extensive destruction to your home and garden in a short amount of time, as well as spreading diseases that could be transmitted to pets or humans. Therefore, eliminating rats is essential for your own wellbeing – both for their physical well-being, as well as that of any pets present.
To prevent rats from nesting in your yard, you must eliminate their food and water sources. This includes pet food, discarded trash and other debris they could consume.
Remove Food & Water Sources
When dealing with a rat problem, it’s essential to remove both food and water sources that attract these pests. Doing this will prevent them from creating a nest in your yard and help you keep them away permanently.
Rats are opportunistic feeders, meaning they will seek out any food or water source available to them. This could include bird feeders, garbage cans, compost bins and even discarded pet bowls.
Be sure to store all foods in secure containers and dispose of them properly. Additionally, empty and clean pet bowls as often as possible if your pets spend a lot of time outdoors.
Additionally, make sure to clean up any standing water in the garden as rats cannot survive without access to liquids. Furthermore, keep taps and hoses clean to prevent rodents from chewing them or using them for drinking water.
Trimming your grass regularly and clearing away overgrown areas in the garden will make it less attractive for rats to live there, and make it easier for you to spot any hidden animals.
It will also prevent new rat infestations. Furthermore, keep weeds and grass clippings trimmed to a manageable size in order to keep them from growing too tall and providing shelter for rats.
Finally, ensure all wood, hay and feed bags are neatly stacked away from walls and fences. Furthermore, make sure all storage sheds and barns have been securely sealed to prevent rat entry.
Place Smoke Bombs
One of the most effective methods to eliminate rats in yards is using rodent smoke bombs. These explosive devices release toxic sulfur gases when fired, suffocating pests in their burrows and forcing them into capture systems like cages.
Smoke bombs are a cost-effective and reliable solution to rodent infestations, though they are only temporary solutions. While they won’t permanently keep rats away from your property, if used incorrectly they could harm pets and wildlife.
When placing smoke bombs in your yard, the ideal time is early morning when rats are sleeping in their burrows. Furthermore, avoid placing them underneath homes or other structures since they could set the contents ablaze.
One effective and humane option for rodent control is dry ice. Available at hardware stores, this method can suffocate rats in their burrows by melting into a gas that makes the air unbreathable.
Dry ice is more effective than traditional smoke bombs, but it can be hazardous for people and pets if it comes into contact. Therefore, read the package instructions carefully to make sure you’re targeting the correct rodent species.
Gopher, mole and woodchuck smoke bombs can be effective in some cases; however, they’re typically not the best solution for most properties due to being costly, wasteful and often not enough to completely solve a property’s rodent issue.
For large properties it is recommended that you consult a professional rodent control company instead. These professionals possess the knowledge and skill set needed to eliminate your rats without using hazardous smoke bombs and can help create an effective long-term strategy to keep your property free of pests.
Place Pet-Safe Poison
When it comes to getting rid of rats in your yard, there are many methods that won’t put your pets at risk. However, some methods may be a little more hazardous than others and should only be used by those with proper training and supervision.
If you do decide to use poison to exterminate your rodents, make sure it’s pet-safe. Some rat and mouse poisons are toxic for cats and dogs as well.
To ensure your pets’ safety when using poison, always read the ingredients list on the package. Pet-safe rodenticides are designed with ingredients that won’t harm your furry friends.
RatX is one such product. This non-toxic rat and mouse poison is safe for your pets, using corn gluten and salt to effectively eliminate rodents.
Another option is to use a fruit jelly or spray with a peppermint scent. Apply this repellent to areas where rats are digging or hiding in your yard, as this will deter them from entering your yard and consuming poisoned bait.
Implement Natural Scent Repellents
Natural scent repellents are an effective way to keep your yard free of rats without using poison or traps. Rats have an acute sense of smell, so they won’t want to stay in your yard when they detect an unpleasant odor.
Some natural ways to repel rodents from your yard include peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil and ammonia. All of these are non-toxic and can be safely applied around your property with minimal risk to pets or plants.
Peppermint oil is a popular scent because its pleasant odor repels rats. Dilute the oil to 5%, 10%, or 20% concentration and spray directly onto problem areas to deter them.
Some people prefer eucalyptus due to its less pungent scent than peppermint, but both are effective ways of keeping rodents away from your property. In addition to using a spray, you can also apply some drops of the oil onto cotton balls and place them in the affected area.
Another option is to make a homemade rat repellent using natural ingredients. All you need is a glass spray bottle and some dish soap, then add water along with several drops of essential oil such as eucalyptus or peppermint and mix thoroughly.
This recipe is easy to make and can be employed to deter rodents from your garden or landscaping. Peppers contain capsaicin, which gives hot peppers their distinctive taste and smell.
Capsaicin in peppers causes irritation to rats’ nose and mouth, making them repelled. While this can be an effective rat repellent, you must repeat the process frequently in order for it to take hold.