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:For this tip, the goal is to make bait balls with the following items:
1 tablespoon baking powder:
2 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons crushed salted peanuts
1 tablespoon of sugar
2 tablespoons of toothpaste
Use: Mix all the elements in a container until you obtain a compact and homogeneous mixture. The toothpaste will serve as a binding agent for the preparation. Then form small balls and place them in areas where mice have been spotted. The rodents should be attracted to the sugar and peanuts and once they taste the bait, it should solve your problem. This is because baking soda causes these pests to die.
Other tips to get rid of rodents naturally
To exterminate rats or repel rodents, it is possible to use natural solutions, ideal as a substitute for toxic products. These are to be tried depending on the elements you have and the method that suits you best. Let’s review them:
1. Plaster and flour
Rodents love certain substances that, once consumed, are capable of eliminating them. Among them, the mixture of plaster and flour is very effective and formidable once the rodents have ingested this preparation. The same applies to cola, which can be poured into a bowl and placed inside the house.
Peppermint is a natural repellent that is particularly well known for keeping mice and rats away. Rats and mice don’t like the smell of peppermint. You can pour a few drops of it as essential oil on a cotton ball to be placed in areas such as the terrace, the balcony or the garden to scare away all types of rodents. It is also possible to use it in a bouquet to place in the same places.
In addition, using mint as a natural method to scare away mice also works with spiders.
3. Chilli pepper
Chilli pepper is another effective repellent. To use it, follow these steps:
Get a container and put a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in it.
Add another teaspoon of hot sauce and a spoon of liquid soap
Mix all these ingredients with water (two cups)
Place in a spray bottle
Use it in areas such as the garden or yard
4. Angelica and Eucalyptus
Like sage, pepper or bay leaves, Angelica is a remarkable natural repellent. However, it is not easy to get your hands on this plant. If you can get your hands on it, place some Angelica sprigs in the areas where you have seen rodents. The same goes for eucalyptus. Rodents are particularly repelled by its smell.
Place it in busy areas and along walls. You can also use essential oils of eucalyptus, lemongrass or clary sage and soak cotton discs in these same areas. The same goes for plants with strong odors such as euphorbia, imperial crown, hyacinth, clove or incarvillea. Be sure to ask about the plants you choose, however, as some of them may be toxic to humans or pets.
5. Steel wool
This is a useful material for keeping unwanted creatures away. Steel wool can be used to seal holes and cracks that may allow them to get through.
Another baking soda tip is particularly effective against mice and rats.
What about ultrasonic repellents?
These products are effective because they produce sound vibrations that can only be heard by rodents. In addition to being particularly useful for repelling all types of rodents, these devices do not vibrate through walls. To increase their effectiveness, they should be placed in every room of your home.
Hunt rodents with your pet
Usually, the first pet that comes to mind is our favorite feline! It’s a known fact that a cat is a top predator when it comes to hunting rats and mice. If you have one, the pests will not hesitate to flee the house.
How to capture rodents?
Between natural repellents, pets and practical devices, you also have the option of using a classic rodent capture system. Without killing them, you can use a cage as a rat trap.
You can use it to capture rats and mice inside or outside the house. Obviously, you’ll want to add some bait to increase your chances of success. Bread, flour, peanut butter or cheese are all foods to use.
How to keep them away for good?
It is possible to prevent an invasion of rats and mice in your home with some simple actions. Here are some practical tips:
Place screens at the end of drains. Also place them over basement window wells.
Identify all openings and other cracks in your home where rodents can get in. Then, seal these openings (using cement, for example, or for a less drastic solution, steel wool or even an aluminum ball).
Be sure to arrange your food in such a way that rats cannot get to it.
Your garbage can should be tightly sealed
Food should also be stored in airtight cans
Avoid an accumulation of items in the basement, cellar or attic. If there is too much, mice, moles, rats and field mice will take up residence there.
For a healthy life, perform regular maintenance of your home. Cleaning tips can make it easier to do so.
Natural methods are as effective as they are diverse in eradicating rats and mice. However, if you are faced with a rodent infestation, you should seek the expertise of a pest control company to eliminate them once and for all.