Repellents are a point of argument among many pest control professionals. Most everyone agrees that simply plugging in an ultrasonic device is useless. However, repellents can be effective under the right circumstances.
The best rat repellent is one that is part of an overall rodent control strategy.
Let’s look at some common sense facts and see how repellents can fit into an overall rodent control strategy.
#1 Rats can live and thrive in extreme environments. Think about the swarms of rats living in our nation’s sewers. Imagine what it must smell like down there! There is no reason to think that a creature that THRIVES in such a putrid environment would voluntarily leave your warm, cozy attic simply because you threw some stinky mothballs up there.
#2 Ultrasonic repellents have been the target of false advertising crackdowns by the Federal Trade Commission since 2001-2002. Even industry advocates concede that rats will eventually become acclimated to the noise once they realize that it is harmless.
What this means is that if you have a large rat infestation then you are not going to solve the problem with mothballs or electronic gadgets.
If you already have a rodent problem then you need to kill the existing rats, eliminate whatever attracted them in the first place and then strategically place repellents to prevent new ones from coming back.
Discouraging new rodents from entering a location is the best use of repellents.
So now that we know what role repellents should play in our overall pest control strategy lets look at what options are available.
Ultrasonic Pest Repeller : While many users claim that simply installing a few of these around the house has solved their infestation problems please realize that the additional use of traps or poison may be required to eliminate a large colony.
This ultrasonic device has a large range and claims effectiveness over about 1000 square feet. The effectiveness diminishes greatly as the sound waves encounter walls so do not expect a single device that is plugged into a kitchen receptacle to be effective at getting rid of rats in the attic.
This product from Link Innovation comes with a lifetime warranty and they will offer a money back promise if you do not see results within three weeks.
Shake-Away All Natural Rodent Repellent : This is a granular product that gives off a vapor that aggravates the lungs of rodents. Because the product is granular it is easy to spread around a perimeter and cover a wide area.
The reviews for this product are very mixed with some people saying it is the perfect solution while other people saw no results. This product comes with a 100% money back promise if it fails to control your rat problem.
Peppermint Essential Oil: Peppermint oil has long been used as an all natural rodent repellent. Personally I love peppermint and have no idea why rats don’t. However I am not going to argue with the hundreds of people who have said that this product was the perfect solution for them.
Most people use this product by soaking cotton balls in the oil and spreading the balls around their attic, etc.
Rodent Repellent for Vehicle Wiring : This is a great product for folks that are dealing with rats that are making nests inside the engine bay of their vehicle. This point and spray repellent is designed to coat the underside of your vehicle so rats will not want to eat the wiring.
Again, while many people report great success in getting rid of rats using repellents alone you will have the best long term success if you use repellents as one part of an overall rodent control strategy.
The use of traps and poison may be required to completely eliminate an existing infestation.
After your current infestation is dealt with make sure you seal up all of your garbage cans, throw away excess pet food and do anything else required to make your home less attractive