• Problem with rats what do I do?

    Profile photo of crazybumbleB

    Over a year ago

    I have a problem with rats in my house and i don’t know what to do, we first saw one a couple of months back and well I made such a lot of noise when I saw it (sorry I’m a girl what can i say) that when we didn’t see it again it was assumed it must have come in from outside and I had scared it off! but we have seen a bit more of them recently and there is scrabbling in the walls. Obviously we cant just live with them (plus I think one has died under the floor) but Im allergic to cats and I don’t want to call an exterminator. I don’t like the Idea of using traps or poison! I hear the sonar things don’t work but I don’t know what else to do? Is there a humane way of like scaring them off or something that doesn’t involve cats?

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  • Profile photo of Dagmar

    Over a year ago

    If all else fails call Gentrol. They are a cruelty-free pest control company PeTA approves.

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  • Profile photo of crazybumbleB

    Over a year ago

    Hey @annie-l,
    Thanks for the great suggestions, we have sealed off all the holes we can find and have been keeping food well out of reach. however Im sure some of the holes are where we cant get at them so the peppermint oil will hopefully be a bit more effective. :) I’m hoping It wont come to traps as I would be too scared to empty them lol

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  • Profile photo of annie-l

    Over a year ago

    Hey @crazybumbleB,

    Start by denying mice and rats access to food in your home. This is the best way to discourage them from taking up residence. Seal holes and cracks that are larger than 1/4-inch wide, and store all food in airtight, rodent-proof containers. If you think you have a little visitor, immediately place peppermint oil–soaked cotton balls and rags throughout infested areas. (This cheap, simple way to repel rodents is quite effective!) If you must trap an occasional rodent, use a cruelty-free live trap that is made for this purpose. If the trap is plastic, make sure that it has air holes and check it frequently—at least every hour.

    E-mail us at if you have any more questions! :)

    ~Annie from peta2.

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  • Profile photo of madely

    Over a year ago

    When we had mice in our house, we bought a non kill trap. We put some Cheerios and peanut butter in it, and then one day we heard a loud noise coming from inside it. My mom carried it outside opened it up and out came a mouse!! It scampered into the park across the street. I think this is the best way to deal with them.

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