Keeping Rats Outside?

I live close to woods and fields, and sometimes get rats as visitors in our home. Any ideas for how to keep them outside.

By RUTH from Rogersville, AL


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August 12, 20090 found this helpful

Sounds simple enough, but get a cat. This worked for us! Make sure it's one with a good "hunting" instinct. The Humane society is overrun with both kittens this time of year & also adult cats because so many have to move out of their homes right now. I'd recommend an older cat that has a high play/hunting instinct. (read the paperwork on it's cage & also see if he/she likes to play & chase things).

I not only don't have mice or rats anymore, my yard (which was TOTALLY over-run with moles) is now mole free! I don't know if it's the smell of my cat that keeps them away or if he (the mad hunter) does.


They also have those electronic, ultra-sonic repellent things you plug into your outlets that send out a high frequency sound that humans can't hear that's supposed to keep rats & mice away. Supposedly it doesn't bother your other pets like dogs & cats, but who knows if this is really true!

Here's one (look around the prices vary):

Here's a rat Zapper (it kills the rats): (Affiliate Link)

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August 12, 20091 found this helpful

Any holes that you may have in your house, i.e., dryer vent, small hole in the sheet rock, they may have chewed into the laundry room, under the door, plug it with steel wool. That will keep them from coming back in. If you don't have small children, you can get little poison pellets, and roll them in peanut butter, leave them out in tiny plastic cups or lids wherever you may have seen the mice, the mice will eat them and die...they love peanut butter, way better than cheese!


Hope this helps, good luck!

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August 12, 20090 found this helpful

Find and plug any holes in walls of your house that they might be getting in from. Also, keep garbage neat and tidy and yard neat and tidy and free of miscellaneous stuff hanging around like old wood and old cars and such.

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August 13, 20090 found this helpful

And, of course, the obvious don't feed the birds!

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August 15, 20090 found this helpful

Rats tend to live where there are old buildings and lots of food. A general cleanup of the place might be in order. And get a cat, probably two.


It takes a good big hunting cat to kill a rat. You don't want a kitten at this point.

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August 20, 20090 found this helpful

I would guess over 80% of my rat work come from people with outdoor cats around. Rats usually won't be living in the home but since it is part of their territory they will tend to investigate it looking for food or maybe a future place to nest. Placing bait stations with proper bait in them around the perimeter of the home will help keep the population down in your area and will keep other non target animals away from the toxin. he lower the local rat population the less likely you will get a visitor.

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August 22, 20090 found this helpful

Rats love coke but can't burp. Place a small amount of coke in small bowls where you think they are every night for a few days. They will drink it up and go away to die because the co2 blows them from the inside.

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August 1, 20190 found this helpful

Does this really work? Would it effect birds or squirrels?

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May 8, 20200 found this helpful

will diet coke work?

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