Rats dislike the smell of peppermint, daffodils and hyacinths. Peppermint extract is not effective as a rat deterrent, but a rag or cotton balls soaked with peppermint oil can drive rats out of hiding. They are also repelled by the smell of toilet cakes crumbled up near their homes.Continue Reading
Peppermint oil is not effective outdoors because it is likely to be washed away by rain, but planting peppermint along with other herbs and flowers can cause rats to avoid the house or yard. Another tip is to mix peppermint oil with water in a spray bottle and spray it throughout the house.
Toilet cakes are caustic and can be dangerous to leave around if there are children present. However, they are highly effective at repelling rats and causing them to abandon their nests and holes. Toilet cakes dissolve quickly, however, and need to be replenished frequently.
When installing rat repellents, people should also make sure they are not producing any smells that attract rats. Even a dirty and smelly shovel can attract rats. Pet food is very pungent, allowing rats to track the odor from far away. Compost should not be left open and food scraps should be buried at least a foot underground. Bird feeders can also attract rats that like the smell of the seed hulls.Learn more about Rodents
Flowers that are good for drying and making arrangement are baby's breath, crocuses, daisies, hyacinths, irises, and daffodils. Black-eyed susans, canturberry bells and roses are also good dried flowers that make a nice arrangement.Full Answer >
According to experts, domesticated rats may reach up to 12 inches in length and up to 5 inches in width. However, due to a shorter life expectancy, those found in the wild typically do not live long enough to exceed 10 inches in length and 3 inches in width.Full Answer >
There are many differences between rats and mice, such as their size, behavior and the shape of their snouts. Mice are typically between 4 to 8 inches long, including their tails, with snouts that are triangular in shape. Rats have blunt snouts and are much larger, growing to almost 16 inches long.Full Answer >
Trench rats were a huge problem during World War I. During this time, they infested every trench line in the war from the eastern to western fronts. The rats carried diseases that weakened and killed soldiers in the trenches, and some accounts say that trench rats attacked, killed and ate injured soldiers who could not defend themselves.Full Answer >