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Pest Myth: Getting Rid of Rats, Does Peppermint Oil Work?

Getting rid of rats - 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 catch us off guard!

What makes rat so uninviting is the fact they are disease transmitter such as Salmonellosis which causes food poisoning symptoms, their excretion and urine contaminate food, and gnawing habits that destroy 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 potentially start a fire.

Why are rats so challenging to contain and control?

  • They tend to hide at out-of-reach and out-of-sight spaces such as ceilings, roof attics, cramp corners, burrows and dark spaces.
  • Rats are nocturnal pests and only surface at night for food, this means spotting their presence become more difficult.
  • Infestation signs may not be obvious to us (unless pest experts or field biologists spot them). For example, rat droppings, urine stains, smear marks or presence of holes and bites found on objects.
  • Their agility, good climbing and swimming skills mean hiding and squeezing in all possible gaps and holes or reaching up to heights that are not accessible to us.

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.

Pest Myth: Getting rid of rats, does peppermint oil work?

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.

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 we can get rid of rats to avoid turning these less obvious signs to something visible and detrimental.