Rats are attracted to gardens in many environments because the gardens provide food, water and safety for the rodents. For gardeners who want to avoid using pesticides, other techniques are available to keeps rats out of the garden.Continue Reading
Store compost in airtight containers to keep rats away from it. Keep seeds and any pet foods in airtight containers as well.
Remove any fallen fruits and nuts as quickly as possible to keep them from being attractive to rats. Remove all animal fecal matter as well.
Improve drainage so water does not settle or pool, attracting rats. Eliminate any other sources of standing water, including leaks and hose drips.
Keep plants well trimmed, especially near buildings. Remove heavy ground cover such as ivy, where rats love to nest.
Plant mint, spearmint or citronella plants throughout your garden. Rats hate the smell of these plants.
Call a professional pest controller if none of the other steps keep the rats out of the garden or if they only work temporarily. Exterminators can set tamper-resistant bait stations and traps that are effective at killing rats.