Eliminating Rats – Protect Your Backyard

Rats are a common problem in many neighbourhoods. They can be found living in yards, gardens, and homes. There are many ways of getting rid of rats and mice, but it is essential to know how they live to decide which method will work best for your situation. In this post, we will discuss several approaches that have successfully gotten rid of rats permanently!

Rats – What are they?

Rats are rodents with a body length of 12 cm or more. For example, the Rattus genus includes 56 thin-tailed medium-sized rats found across Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Guinea.

Human contact has widened the range of certain animals. The brown Rat is more prevalent in warmer areas, while the house rat is more common in cold, crowded metropolitan settings.

Rats have a pointed head, large eyes, and prominent ears. Their claws and legs vary in length according to the species. This makes them more hazardous since they can go into small places you wouldn’t be able to reach without being noticed or heard!

What Rodents Truly Desire


The thing that fascinates me about rats is that they can be both empathetic and food driven. Rats’ objectives may not be to alleviate discomfort but to eat and drink enough to have the stamina to go back out later.

They don’t eat on a schedule like people do because if anything is new or unusual, you’re going to explore what’s happening, especially if there are some delicious morsels nearby!

Rats are very clever! They thrive in any setting and develop strong family ties. Rats like water and a food source (mainly if it’s near their nest), and compost bins with old banana peels.

The Rat’s Historical past

Asian rats were first bred; they reached North America about 1750 and Europe around 1500. The house rat developed from its Asian ancestors. The fleas, mites, ticks, and roundworms on the black and brown rats may make you sick or possibly kill you!

An average pair of four-month-old rats may generate over 1000 offspring each year if they mate with multiple males. Long linked with dirt and illness. They were found in 1609 aboard European ships landing in Virginia and New England.

By 1775, rats had established populations in both regions and India, where the species is regarded sacred despite being pestilences! The trade routes helped spread them, mainly when black rats arrived 3000 years ago through spices or silk, exchanged for commodities like saltpetre in mediaeval times (the 1300s

The Black Plague and other diseases spread by fleas on the Rat killed one-third of Europe’s population.

Rat Troubles and Infestation

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Rats are intelligent and often frightening creatures. They can be tiny or large, but they seem always to find ways of outsmarting humans in their own way. Although rats may not have the same cognitive skills as human beings, they do excel at exploiting procedural flaws during experiments that even those designing it didn’t notice.”

Ridding the world of rats would be a mistake. 

The humble Rat is an integral part of our ecology, and we need to control them but not get rid of them together. Rats help keep other pest populations down while providing food for predators at the same time!

Indicators that you have Rodents

  • Rats are all over the city but can be worse in lofts and walls. 
  • Rats leave droppings and make nests of insulation if they have access to it 
  • Gnawing markings on cables and rat holes might also indicate a little rat problem

The humble, hungry Rat thrives in urban areas where they can find garbage, water, and shelter. Rats carry diseases that spread to humans through contact or contamination of food supplies by rat droppings, such as hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS).

Rodents Often Ignite Fires.

Electrical cables become chewed on from the rats’ insatiable appetite for things like rubber insulation. This often leads to short circuits, which could start fires due to exposed wires sparking drywall or wood and cause other electrical problems impacting homeowners with rats taking eggs away from nesting birds and causing havoc to the ecosystem. 

Eliminate Rats from Your Garden

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Rat control in gardens is a two-pronged approach: look for food sources and areas of entry. Eliminating rat burrows, piles of lumber and other clutter will reduce the chances that they make themselves at home in your garden.

  • Be aware of rodent hiding places.
  • Identify the main ways rodents might enter your property.
  • Rats can chew through complex plastic products.
  • Birds drink from drains, so don’t forget to cheek them for Rats too.
  • Venum also loves toilet pipes or downspouts to climb in a setup home. 

The Rat in your backyard might be closer than you think, so it’s essential to take measures inside the house.

Rats are a common issue for many people. The first step is to find their source, and then you can deal with the infestation in a suitable way that does not contain poisons or other harmful chemicals.

There may be cracks where rats have been entering your home through broken drains or foundations which need caulking, metal kick plates covering gaps (rats like hiding). Spilt food around areas of entry points such as under garbage cans and piles of wood/clutter near doors; these should also be cleaned up, so they don’t attract more rodents inside your house.

  • Stay safe by trapping rats instead of poisoning them.
  • Protect your family and pets from harm or injury
  • Get rid of rodents with a humane method that’s quick, clean, and effective. 

Rats are a common problem for anyone who likes to spend time in their backyard.

Your gathering habits around outside will also help deter them from coming into contact with those tasty morsels that might make it too hard to say no when one is just sitting there begging you to grab some chips off the table at dinner.

Super Clean and Tidy Outdoor Areas

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Since rats despise open areas, make sure to keep your yard and garden tidy. Fix external gaps in storage structures, clear up leaves or woodpiles outside the neighbourhood (keep them away from trash bins with a secure lid). Seal any holes that might allow rodents into your home, whether through a crack on an exterior wall.

Finally, protect food by removing fallen vegetables from gardens and pet and bird foods that attract furry pests!

Invite Additional Animal Pals

You can frighten rats away by inviting their natural predators into your yard. A single owl may consume rodents, and some dogs will hunt them too! Create an environment for owls to nest in, like planting a birdbath and providing a nesting box.

You could also be friends with the family cat who loves hunting small game as well – if you have one that is just waiting around all day while you are at work or school, then they might enjoy hunting these pesky pests.

You can kill rats by using the deadly, non-poisonous chemical Dry Ice.

Dry ice is a cold substance that will anaesthetize and ultimately kill your pesky rodent problem! If you’re not careful about handling it, then it could be dangerous for humans too! Make sure to wear gloves or other protective gear when holding this material not to get frostbite on your hands. The dry ice pellets are dropped into rat burrows near food sources like garbage cans or dumpsters.

Traps are an excellent method to get rid of rats.

Consider utilizing the following traps: snap, glue board, live cage, and electric mousetraps for quick kill rodents.

Make sure they’re hidden in boxes or beneath corners where rats search for food so that we don’t scare off our prey with potential threats like humans. Bait them with peanut butter, which is preferred among many types of rat-friendly baits such as apples (if you see them eating anything on your counter) or bread crumbs from last night’s dinner rolls!

Rodent Baiting and Poisoning

Baits and poisons are often used to kill animals, but you must take caution when using them. You should only place baits in outdoor settings because of the risk of chemical hazards. Pesticides can harm both people and pets if they become poisoned; always read all package instructions before use!

  • Don’t let kids or other family members eat rat bait.
  • So make sure you know what your state or country’s laws are before you start baiting!

Predator Scent

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You could try a predator pee solution like Fox urine. It is said to work rabbits, hare, chipmunks, squirrels and skunks. Try Cat pee or dog for the rats might just-might work spray some by their hiding places where you see them & flush them out. There are specific products on the market that take advantage of your instinctual fear of rats. They come as granules or sprays with all-natural ingredients but are very smelly.

A Few Fantastic Items for Eliminating Rats 

Baiting stations is the most effective way to control rodents and their population. There are many bait options, and it’s easy to find one that suits your needs! Make sure you place these bait stations in a safe area, so other animals don’t get into them.

  • Rats are killed humanely by electrocution in electronic traps. The voltage of the current is strong enough to kill a rat. It’s the most efficient way to no poison needed. 
  • The Nooski Company manufactures rat traps that use rubber rings. Each time they kill a rodent, traps must reset them, but the inexpensive ring is reusable and can work quickly at trapping an animal with just one snap.
  • “Snap traps are usually inexpensive options that can be used in a variety of places. Just keep them out of reach from children and pets.”

To attract a rat, try peanut butter. According to some studies, this can work well depending on the situation as they like fat; it’s possible that you can also catch rats with bacon!

Natural Deterrent

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Although there are many natural methods for pest control like peppermint oil or sprinkling some cayenne pepper and cloves in their holes to help deter them from coming back again! They may not be as effective in the long run.

But wait, it might not be all bad! Along with other methods going natural will be: 

  • Humane option and not dangerous to use
  • More accessible and less toxic than pesticides
  • Eco-friendly, eco-safe, low cost, natural deterrent
  • It may be used as a precautionary step.
  • Cats or dogs make great rat patrol guards – how about getting one?

You could try ultrasonic sound waves that often work temporarily, but you might want to take precautions against future infestations instead of relying on a one-time solution.

What do rats hate the most?

Rats hate Wessels.
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Weasels are also natural rat predators; unfortunately, they are not good because they kill many other good creatures like native birds and wildlife.

Moving on to the next class in this hierarchy is your average bird-of-prey, such as owls or eagles; otherwise, smaller breeds of dogs will be able to hunt rats just fine!

Lastly, if you can’t find any animal friend who’ll take care of it for you (or at least offer them shelter), then why don’t you try letting out your domestic cat? They’ve usually adapted by now anyway, so nothing is stopping them from hunting down some rodents if given enough time off their lazy backside. 

  • Rats detest the smell of naphthalene & many other natural fragrances, such as peppermint, eucalyptus, also citronella oils.
  •  Rats are well-known for their ability to recognize the slightest change in smell. A predator pee solution on the market might be what they need!
  • Some say rats find the smell of cloves to be unappealing. To make the pepper blend in the cheesecloth, place some whole crushed cloves at its bottom, then add some cayenne on top for a spicy flavour for your backyard menace to get a whiff!

Why do I suddenly have rats in my yard?

So, what’s the deal with this unexpected arrival of rats in your backyard? To start off searching around for nearby homes or places that may contain food supplies. It might not be your fault; you could have clutter or other sites to find tasty morsels and warm refuge.

  • Halt rats from accessing your water source
  • Provide a deterrent to pests in residential and commercial establishments
  • Get rat prevention without chemicals or traps.

They say a minor leak in the pipes can lead to more significant troubles. What about trickling nozzles, outside pet water bowls, or even that one rain gutter? Rats will find any drinking hole they come across, and it’ll be easy for them to stay close by with this handy source of fresh quality H2O!

  • Rats are drawn to food, no matter what type it is. In fact, your backyard compost pile is an all-you-can-eat buffet for the little guys!

Rats are Night Crawlers

Another reason you may encounter rodents is that the season is when mice and rats begin to look for locations to spend the winter. During the warmer months, mice and rats seem like they’re reproducing indefinitely—and at night!

This means it’s more likely that your home will be visited by nocturnal pests looking for places to get cozy during harsher weather conditions.

Rats in the daytime are most likely looking for food, or their humble dwellings have been disturbed. The good news is if you maintain everything in order, you will deter them by keeping all of their favourite foods out of reach!

Construct a Homemade Trap

Making a rat trap using old wood, screws, chicken wire, an old door hinge, a drill, and a little ingenuity is a fun project to do with the kids. Check out this video from JJR SURVIVAL below. An is a channel dedicated to the creation of survival traps.

JJR SURVIVAL. (2018, May 31). HOW TO MAKE A RAT TRAP [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9LUzIGy_yE&t=316s


You don’t want to be overrun by rats in your backyard! Try our tips and learn how you can eradicate these pesky critters today. If those bites are from mosquitoes, check out this post for helpful advice on dealing with them.

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6 thoughts on “Eliminating Rats – Protect Your Backyard”

  1. I didn’t know that rats had originated in Asia, and that even in 1500 there were no rats in Europe or that in 1750 there were no rats in North America.

    I would like to try using dry ice. I will be careful when handling it. But what I would really like to try is bringing owls to my backyard. I will create the conditions so they feel welcome.

    • Many Blessings, Paolo. I know you’re probably talking about the bread of rats at this point because we’ve come to recognize their well-travelled ratty flavour. Ever since that pesky possum in New Zealand has been all over our news feeds with his own type of dry rodent meat – foreign birds aren’t any better as they too have a place before humans messed up! The owl could work at night hunting those nasty rodents… or if it’s native to your area, then it would be an awesome idea for sure.

  2. I’ve had several rat infestations over the years in different homes that I’ve owned. Every winter at our farm we would hear the rats moving their furniture into the ceiling to be near the chimney outlets. But about two weeks later we would hear a swishing sound over the trusses as the carpet snakes moved in too. These snakes are very gentle and tame and kept the rat population down to a minimum and they would all clear out in summer as it was too hot in the roof. I have used baits as well (well away from our dogs) and traps too.

    Great review of how to treat rats in any situation. Thanks

    • Thanks, Lily. Those wild snakes are incredible. They’re keeping the rodents at bay and haven’t even harmed the dog! It’s an example of nature providing everything we need for survival, predator vs. prey. And those fellas were very gentle—I can’t wait till someone puts me on that list with them as bait the next time 🙂

  3. Interesting article. This is quite an in-depth look into rats and rodents. As with mosquitoes,  I’ve often wondered what use they were. This definitely expanded my insight.

    One thing I’ve also heard about getting rid of them, is to stick to traps, not poisons. Basically anything that can kill a rat, can kill a man.

    • Fyne, you’re spot on. That phrase “everything that kills a human kills a man” is correct; certainly, prevention and trapping are always preferable, yet the presence of man is frequently enough for rats to flee. I like the concept of getting a cat or a dog and plugging up holes, and hunting for hiding spots. Keeping trash away may also be very beneficial.


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