Four 'repulsive' garden plants to keep rats out of your garden for good

Rats are just one of the many pests that could be lurking in your garden - but it's also the perfect battleground to stop them before they invade your home. Here are the plants that rats 'hate'
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Rats have the potential to lurk unnoticed in your garden and if not stopped in their tracks could go on to invade your home. If you find an unwanted four-legged creature in your home, a pest control expert may be necessary to tackle the problem and bring peace of mind, along with sleep-filled nights.

Traditional rat deterrents are often the first that spring to mind, but methods like poison and traps aren't always practical especially if there's gardening to do or children and pets about. An alternative could lie in natural pest control solutions.

Pest control expert Jordan Foster from Fantastic Pest Control has highlighted that "some plants successfully deter rodents". One must note though, this method is largely season dependent, offering the best results when your garden blooms in the warmth of spring and summer, reports the Mirror.

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Garlic proves to be significantly off-putting to furry pests and vampires alike. Before they'd even think about getting too close, the piercing smell of garlic makes them reconsider.

A keen gardener might experiment by concocting a mixture of garlic water to fill rat burrows. The dominant aroma "will make it uncomfortable for the rats to live there", which encourages them to seek more agreeable surroundings.


Rats have a sharp sense of smell that they use to find food and escape threats like predators or foul scents. Lavender, with its "potent smell", could act as a deterrent for these rodents.

As Jordan explained, "they try to avoid plants like this one". So, planting lavender around prospective rat hotspots such as decking, garden structures, and the garden's boundaries may help.


This fresh-fragranced herb is another that rats avoid for its strong smell. The animals "very much dislike the smell of mint" mentioned Jordan.

Hence, positioning mint in various garden spots can "cut off some access points" for these pests.


Gardeners can either grow onions or place them at common rat entry points to keep them at bay. After getting a sniff of these, "they will run", claimed Jordan. However, remember to replace the onion every few days to prevent it from rotting and becoming an appealing food source for rats.

Bear in mind though, onions are toxic to certain pets, particularly dogs. Planting strips with onions, garlic, and leeks can form a natural boundary that is a "pretty effective way" of "keeping not only rodents but several other pests at bay as well".