Two natural ways to deter rats from your garden - including kitchen item they 'can't stand'

Brown rat in a domestic garden
There is one kitchen item experts say rats 'can't stand' -Credit:Getty Images

Rats can not only disrupt your garden, but they can also spread nasty diseases and it can be even worse if they make their way into your property. They can lead to damage as they scurry their way around.

Although the most common way to get rid of these pests is to use traps or poison, experts recommend giving the natural route a go first. Rat poison is toxic and may pose a danger to wildlife, pets and humans.

High levels of rat poison have been found in wildlife higher up the food chain. Additionally, neither traps nor poisons are sustainable ways to deter rats from your garden.

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Both merely get rid of them. If you want a sustainable and natural way to deter rats, prevention is the best answer to deter rats naturally, reports the Express. The experts at gardening retailer Primrose have shared two natural rat deterrents that can "do wonders".

Essential oils

Rats have one of the best senses of smell compared to any other pest and animal, even trumping that of dogs. The experts said: "When used in concentration, essential oils can do wonders in deterring rats from your garden due to their potency."

Peppermint oil, citronella and eucalyptus essential oils in their pure form are all "smells that rats will dislike". The pros noted that a few drops of these oils in their pure form around the areas you know the rats have been "should do the trick". Alternatively, soak cotton wool in essential oil and place it in rat traffic areas.

Hot pepper

The experts suggested that rats "can't stand hot pepper or anything spicy", making it an effective deterrent. To create a "homemade natural rat repellent spray", begin by combining cayenne pepper or chilli flakes with water.

Boil the mixture to infuse the chilli, then let it cool down. The longer the solution sits, the stronger the chilli will become.

If you've used chilli flakes, strain them out. Add a bit of biodegradable castile soap and transfer the mixture into a spray bottle.

Finally, apply the spray generously to areas where there are signs of rats.