Pest Control Tips: Scents That Keep Rats at Bay
There are those who love rats as pets, caring and loving them as much as they would a cat or a dog. But while we may appreciate such pet rats exist, the truth is that the vast majority of the American population is not going to want to come across a rat at their home or their place of work. Rats can carry diseases, they can attack and bite when they feel threatened, they destroy building materials and personal items, and they leave behind waste materials that are gross, damaging, and hazardous. In other words, wherever possible, you should try and keep rats at bay and the best way to do that is with professional pest control.
But while pest control services like spraying around your commercial property’s perimeter are the very best way to keep rats at bay, there are some other handy general pest control tips and techniques business owners and building managers can keep in mind. Some of the best of those tips involve targeting the best sense rats have: Their nose.
Understanding What Drives Rats
We like to describe rats as the cockroaches of the rodent world. What this means is that they are exceptionally hardy and can survive in a wide range of temperatures, a wide range of habitats, and on a wide range of diets. But the one way in which rats differ from cockroaches is where the cockroach can survive an entire month without food, rats can only go four days. Thus the key to both preventing and eliminating rats is to make it impossible for them to feed, and the way they feed is by using their strong sense of smell to find food.
When a rat sniffs the air, it pulls in scents both through its nose and across a second odor-detecting organ called the vomeronasal organ. Due to this dual sensing ability, rats have the power to differentiate more than 2,000 distinct odors; odors that say things like come fast, here’s food and odors that say stay away!
So the first step in pest control is to tighten seals on doors, windows, and trashcans to prevent inviting scents from escaping. The second DIY step you can take is to add-in scents that naturally keep rats at bay. Scents like the following:
- Mothballs. Mothballs have a strong and pungent smell that rats and other rodents find distinctly unpleasant. However, mothballs are also poisonous — to rats and to other animals and even humans. So avoid using mothballs in areas around food storage, dining, and similar spots.
- Peppermint. We don’t really know why, but rats hate the scent of peppermint. Take advantage of this by growing peppermint around your building’s entrances and using peppermint oil around food storage areas.
Get More Pest Control Advice With Express Facility Management
While these homemade pest control efforts can certainly help, the best way to enjoy a fully pest-free and rat-free property is with professional pest control efforts. Contact our pest control experts at Express Facility Management to learn more.