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Rats will ‘keep out of your home for good’ when they smell one natural item they ‘despise’

Rats can be a serious problem in homes as the sneaky visitors can carry diseases and cause injuries and many find them to be unpleasant to look at.

They can also be really destructive when they’re in your home, chewing through walls, wiring, cupboards, and insulation.

These pests are commonly known as scavengers, and they don’t need much to survive. That being said, the three basic things they do need to survive, are things that humans also have/need – food, water and shelter.

According to the pest control specialist at Triangle Pest Control, the “best strategy” to keep rats away is to work to keep these pests out of your home to start with. 

They warned that once an infestation has begun “they are hard to get rid of”.

Luckily, the pros have shared what households can do to “keep these rodents out of your home and away for good”.

Fill holes, cracks and gaps

Rats can slip into holes the size of a 10p coin so it’s worth checking your home for any opening that size and larger. 

The experts recommend sealing them up with proper materials – these include steel wool, hardware cloth, caulk, cement, and plaster. 

They added: “Sealing these entry points is one of the most effective forms of rodent control.”

However, if they can easily access food in your home, then it will be difficult to deter rats, no matter the smell.

Don’t feed them

Rats are resourceful so they will find things to eat around your property. To avoid this cover bins at all times, don’t leave leftover food lying around and don’t store pet food outside without making sure it’s in rodent-proof containers. 

Rodents will use any entry points they can if they are in search of food, so to keep your rodent control effective, limit their food sources.


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