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Help i just seen a rat the other day it wasn't inthe garden more to the side of the house think it went to neighbours but dont lnow where it came from what can i do to deter them. Is there plants that would deter them i heard mint has anyone any ideas?


  • LynLyn Posts: 22,012
    Rat poison in a tube with the ends almost blocked off would deter them, place close to the house wall, bury slightly in the ground., they track around the edges.

    If there's one, there's more, don't give them a chance to breed, a pair of rats will become 2000 in a year.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Thanks Lyn i'll try that!
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,937
    Make sure that food is unavailable to them. Keep rubbish bins closed and black bin bags kept inside a hard container.

    Check that all drains and manhole covers are in good condition and not cracked or broken.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Yeah we always keep area round bins clean & power hose regular thats why we are surprised & shocked to see one pass by. Thanks for advice pansyface it much appreciated
  • If you've seen one then there will be loads!  They breed at an alarming rate and are very enterprising.  

    As others have said.  The only effective way to get rid of them is to kill them.    I prefer traps and cats.   But if you must you could use  poison:  properly placed so no other birds or mammals can get to it and specifically you need one that doesn't cause secondary poisoning.      Position as Lyn said above.    We use drain pipes in the farm buildings and put the bait inside that so nothing else can get to it.

  • janewtjanewt Posts: 1

    bird feeders that have seeds on the ground attract them also.


  • yes bird feeders also bring mice and other vermin as well as do chickens rabbits etc good house keeping of these is key in these areas.Baited cage traps work well and bait stations but not for the faint hearted .if you have a big problem pest controllers are available,
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,260

    It also depends where you live and where the rats are coming from Patricia. Is there a property near you where the problem might originate, ie neglected or untidy? A friend of mine also had an issue a few years ago, and the problem came about because the council had cleared some nearby woodland, diverting the rat colony into a series of gardens, including hers. It may be worth contacting your council for some advice and a visit  image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Thanks for the advice everyone. I put down rat poison 4 days ago but it hasnt been touched yet. Bleached everything will contact local counsel tomorrow. Is here any plants used to keep them away if i get this one sorted?
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,260

    In a word - no image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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