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How to Get Rid of Rats In The Yard


Rats are the most unwelcomed guests within a 10 miles radius of your house. Rats need water, food and warmth for survival, and if your house and its surroundings provide them with these, they are definitely not letting go off you that easily. Rats in the yards are a very common problem. You wake up in the middle of the night and hear squeaky noises outside your walls… rats it is. Getting rid of rats in your yards cannot be easy. You just cannot chase them out. Getting the job done from within the house is easier than securing the entire perimeter of your property against rats. The chances of rats coming on to your property are stronger than you getting rid of the ones that are already present.

Though the job is a tough one, it is still not completely impossible. Making them go away is better than letting your things turn into literally rubbish because they will gnaw at anything and everything they can get their claws on.

Let’s go through a couple of ways that can help you get rid of a rat infestation in your yard.

  • Moth Balls

Moth balls act as effective rats repellent. Moth balls are easily available in the market. Place moth balls around your yard in a corner or near the fence if you have one. This will stop any rats trying to enter the property. Be careful with using these moth balls as they aren’t good for health so don’t touch them with bare hands.

  • Ammonia

Mix 2 tea spoons of detergent, a quarter cup of water and 2 cups of ammonia in a bowl and place it in the part of the yard where you think rats mostly reside. Rats are unable to smell ammonia so it will do the job.

  • Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil is intolerable for rats. Place bowls of peppermint oil around the yard and it will surely keep them away from your property. Citronella or castor oil can be used for the purpose too.

  • Growing Mint Plants

This is one of the options you should adopt for getting rid of rats in your yard. Grow mint plants or place pots of mint in the yard to keep rats away.

  • Pepper

The sharp, pungent smell of pepper is intolerable for rats. Sprinkle powdered or crushed pepper around any holes in your yard where you think rats might be and it will give positive results. Repeat every once in a while.

  • Bay Leaf

Rats consider bay leaves as any regular leaf for their food but actually bay leaves kill rats. Place bay leaves around the yard to get rid of rats.

  • Onions

Using onions as a remedy to get rid of rats is very effective. The smell from onions is unbearable for rats. Slice onions or cut them into halves and place them around the area where you think rats might be present.

  • Make Your Own Trap

Trapping is one of the best ways to get rid of rats. You can make your own traps for the rodents. Peanut butter and cheese are the perfect trapping condiments. Place these two close to a rat trap so that the animal falls for it. Once trapped, carry the rat away from your property and set it free.

  • Human Hair

Rats cannot stand the sight of human hair. Make your hair fall problem be of some benefit and place strands of hair around your yard; it will surely make rats leave your yard alone.

  • Cow Dung

A rather stinky option, but the smell from cow dung cakes is certain to draw all the rats away from your yard. The option is rather practical for the yard and will surely provide positive results – cow dung is good manure.

  • Sound

Sounds do not only hurt rats, but actually make their ears bleed. Place a loud sharp sound creating box in your yards and rats are sure to leave you at rest.

  • Baby Powder

Not as effective as the other methods, but can be given a try; sprinkle baby powder around your yard. The powder will intoxicate rats and help you have a rat free yard to some extent.


Keep the outside of your house clean. Keep your yard clear of trash and make sure all your trashcans have a lid on them.  Mow the grass around your house regularly and keep your yard clear of any excess fallen leaves as they can be provisions for rats to survive on. Owning a cat really helps keep the rats in check. After enjoying one night of delicious BBQ, make sure you clean your grills for any leftover food because that will definitely invite the rats to have an after party in your yard. Clean any standing water from the flower pots outside your house. Trim down any over growing shrubs or trees in the yard.


Do not leave any trash or food in your yard specifically. It is the thing that invites rats the most.

Rats can be difficult to get rid of from your yard, but following these simple home remedies, you will be able to get the job done.

Turn to Solutions Pest & Lawn for Rat Control

If the home remedies aren’t enough to eliminate the rat problem, Solutions Pest & Lawn has the answer. We have a number of effective methods to eliminate a rat invasion, what you choose if up to your preference though we recommend using more than one method to eliminate the problem faster and for better overall results.

For example, you can use traps. You can either go traditional with the Victor Professional Wooden Rat Snap Trap or use the Snap-E Rat Snap Traps. Both promise a really quick and powerful kill.

There are also multiple options when it comes to glue boards here at Solutions Pest & Lawn. For instance we have JT Eaton Stick EM Rat/Mouse Glue Tray, Trapper Rat Glue Boards, and Catchmaster Rat Glue Boards . These boards are strong enough to get even the biggest ugliest rats stuck.

Lastly, you can use rodenticides.  Solutions Pest & Lawn has some terrific rodenticide bait. Best of all is Eratication, which is exclusively made in house by Solutions. It has a special peanut butter scent and flavor that rats will not be able to resist when scavenging for food. There are other baits which also work great like JT Eaton Bait Blocks among others. When using baits we suggest using a bait station to keep the baits safe from the elements and to ensure pets and childrens don’t snatch up the bait and come into contact with it.


We hope the advice we gave was helpful in mobilizing you to eliminate your rat problemIf you ever need more assistance with your rat problem, we are always available and ready to answer your questions and concerns by phone (800-479-6583), email (askapro@solutionsstores.com) and via online live chat.



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