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Pest Myth: Getting rid of rats, does peppermint oil work?
Methodology: Soaking cotton balls with peppermint oil and place them strategically around common entry points where rats are found to have squeezed in from.
Fun fact! Rats are able to squeeze in from the outside, from holes and gaps as small as 1cm!
The Verdict: Rats are sensitive in the smell sensory, and peppermint oil in high concentrations can be rather strong and is assumed to chase rats away. However, over time, the pungent smell will diminish, thus losing its scent quite quickly and plus, rats spent their time in the dirtiest and harshest places ever such as sewers and drains.
Rats are annoying nuisance and for most of us, coming into contact with them can be daunting! For example, running across our legs as we take our dinner, rat landing on our shoulder as they drop from the ceiling or creeping at a corner that caught our attention!
But what makes rat so uninviting is the fact they are disease transmitter such as Salmonellosis that causes food poisoning symptoms, their excretion and urine contaminates food, and gnawing habits that destroys furniture and any objects ranging from plastic, wood or metal, including electrical wire! Danger: Damaging electrical wire causes potential risks of short circuit and in severe scenario, it may start a fire.
Because of their hiding and harbouring capabilities and the vast amount of information available on the Internet, DIY solutions tend to be sought after. Moth balls, ultrasonic sound waves device, spices such as pepper and bay leaf including peppermint oil are used to repel them.
The Solution: Controlling rats require an integrated approach by removing any food source, denying any possible entry, maintaining facility and ensure diligent housekeeping, and a sound rodent control with monitoring facilities to keep rat issue at bay.
Find out more on how can we get rid of rats to avoid turning these less obvious signs to something visible and detrimental. Call 6347 8138 to understand more about rats control programme.