Unwanted creatures, rats and mice find refuge in many homes. Although these rodents are not necessarily a threat, they are particularly feared and disliked by many people. Discover a particularly effective remedy to get rid of them: toothpaste and baking soda repellent, along with several tips and tricks to eliminate them.
Mice and rats owe their reputation as undesirables to their tendency to cause damage in homes and gardens, but also because they are often associated with disease. Before turning to natural solutions to get rid of them, it is also useful to know more about these unwelcome animals.
How do you know if there is a rat in your home?
The appearance of these creatures is rather ephemeral. Indeed, their frenetic movement allows them to quickly reach their nest. On the other hand, since they are nocturnal animals, it can be difficult to cross their path.
In order to know whether or not your house is invaded, certain traces can guide you in identifying them. Whether it is a mouse, a rat, a mole or a field mouse, pay attention to the following signs
- Fat marks
- Rubbing marks
- Paw prints
- Scratching noises
- Teeth marks in furniture
- Small droppings
- Smells such as musk or ammonia
Why are rats dangerous?
During the night, it is quite common to see rats or mice roaming in groups. While some people flee the area because of the risk of disease, others don’t pay much attention. It makes you wonder if these creatures are really dangerous.
“The sight of a rat is unpleasant, it is repulsive, but the risk of being bitten is very low” reassures Barbara Dufour, veterinarian at the veterinary school of Maisons-Alfort. Rather than attacking an individual, the rat is “an intelligent animal” that prefers to flee rather than bite. But it is true that it can cause infections and other diseases. Indeed, rodents often expose themselves to bacteria. But the veterinarian wants to reassure again since these diseases are easily curable thanks to antibiotic therapy. Moreover, the attacks are not “extremely serious”, adds the specialist. However, in case of a bite, you must wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water to eliminate the pathogens. Then, you must quickly consult your doctor to receive the appropriate antibiotic treatment.
How to prepare a toothpaste and baking soda repellent?
There are various natural tricks to get rid of rodents and prevent them from colonizing our homes. Among them, the combination of baking soda and toothpaste proves to be a good way to keep away and eliminate these pests, according to a YouTube video from the Mr Maker channel, which has nearly 2 million views. Discover the steps to prepare this repellent with elements that you can easily find or that are probably already in your home.
Mixing ingredients and toothpaste –
For this tip, the goal is to make bait balls with the following items: