Rats in garden

Lotte Faber on 13-09-2019

Nobody wants to have uninvited guests in their garden. Rats might even be the worst pests to have in the garden. They make a big mess, eat everything, and could even spread diseases. We will tell you everything about signs of rats in the garden, how to get rid of rats and even where the rats will probably live so that you can find them easily. 

Signs of rats in the garden

Many things in the garden could show that you have rats in the garden, such as footprints, teeth marks, holes, foul smell, urine or poo. One rat can produce at least 20 droppings a night. Also, there could be bite marks on wood or paper. Rats will most likely live close by the spot where you throw away your food. Did you spot one or more of these signs? Act quickly! There are some fast effective treatments for rats. 

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Where do rats live in the garden? 

Brown rats will search for a place where they can find shelter, food, and water. Rats are adaptable and eat a lot of different kinds of foods. Most of the time rats are living in heds, drains or buildings where not a lot of people come. They will shred materials in your garden to make their nest. In most cases, the materials they chose are paper, wood or even plastic from your container. 

Dealing with rats in the garden

There are many ways to get rid of rats in your garden. You could choose between getting rid of rats naturally or with traps to capture or even kill them. It is your choice to think about what is best, but we find the natural way better. It is also possible to call a professional. Especially if you have a lot of rats and the regular treatments don’t work. Getting rid of rats with a professional could be expensive, therefore we provide you with a step-by-step plan on how to get rid of rats. 

Step-by-step plan: how to get rid of rats

In this step-by-step plan, we have combined most of the ways to get rid of rats in the garden. 

  1. First of all, you will need to clean the garden. Remove trash, fallen leaves, and food. 

  2. If you have a water source for the rats, it is important to remove this. The water source could even be a small cup filled with rainwater. If the rats don’t have access to food and water, they will most likely find another place to live. 

  3. Plant some catnip in your garden or spray peppermint oil. Both of these smells will chase the rats away.

  4. If the rats don't leave your garden in the next week after taking these steps, it is best to put some traps in the garden to capture them. You can, in most cases, buy these traps at a garden center nearby. 

  5. Do the rats refuse to leave your garden? Get in touch with a professional exterminator of rats! They can help you take care of rats when the problem gets too big to solve by yourself. 

If you follow this step-by-step plan, chances are that the rats will soon disappear from your garden. Of course a bit unfair, because the last step is to call an exterminator. But if you wait too long to clear the rats or the other steps don't work, the rats in your garden could become an even bigger problem. Good luck and fingers crossed that your garden will be clear of rats soon! We would like to hear from you if these steps worked or if you have tips and tricks yourself! 

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