Rats might invade your garden in search of food or shelter, but along the way they might harm your beloved plants and flowers. Fortunately, there are some “natural” ways to deter rats without resorting to traps and poison.
This is because rats have a very “strong sense of smell”.
According to experts at Pest Pointers, “You can scare rats out of your home and yard with smells they don’t like.”
Although some of these smells might cause rats to scurry in the opposite direction, they’re not necessarily a problem for humans.
However, you may need to combine a few smells in different areas to combat a larger garden infestation.
The experts said: “The best natural pest control products will be a combination of a few different techniques. Just because your odor repellant doesn’t repel them completely doesn’t mean it won’t work.
“You may just need to add another deterrent to keep them away forever.”
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Clover plants may be lucky for some, but when it comes to rats, their aromatic scent will send them in the opposite direction.
Pest Pointers said: “These deceptively useful plants usually clutter your garden in the spring – and who knew they could be put to such good use.”
Clover is easy and inexpensive to sow from seed. Simply sow the seed directly over a patch of established lawn.
Alternatively, you can pick your shamrocks and scatter them in an area where you fear rats may be hanging out. However, this option can be time-consuming, and shamrocks may need topping up every three to five days.
Pest Pointers added: “Another option is to soak the plants in water.
“The aroma of the flowers permeates the water, which you can then put in a spray bottle.
“Use the spray in areas where you want to repel rats.”
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garlic and onions.
Garlic’s main repellent is its strong odor, which is caused by allicin.
Pest Pointers said, “It’s the molecule that gives garlic its distinctive smell. Like capsaicin in chili peppers, allicin is an evolved defense mechanism of the plant to prevent animals from eating it.”
In the case of onions, their strong odor is due to sulfur-containing compounds.
The experts explained: “Similar to allicin, these sulfur compounds give off a strong odor that makes rats think twice about approaching.”
Place whole cloves of garlic around vulnerable areas, or make a garlic and onion spray to spritz on key areas.
To do this, bring four cups of water to a boil, then add one chopped onion and two to four cloves of garlic.
Reduce heat and simmer for five minutes. Next, turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool completely.
Once cool, strain the mixture and add the remaining water to a spray bottle.
The bitter taste of hot brewed coffee grounds combined with its strong scent is a double whammy to ward off rats.
The experts explained: “If you need to get rats out of your garden, you can just throw them straight into the garden.
“Coffee grounds are great for composting, so they’re likely helping to fertilize your garden and repel pests like rats and deer.”