Want to know how to get rid of rats or mice? Let’s talk about these rodents and ways to eliminate them both naturally and other tried and true methods for removal.
First, I should start this with saying – to me a mouse or a rat both are the same. They are rodents and in my mind better off dead. The thought of mice in the walls or rats in the garage irks me. Me and rodents are NOT friends.
No More Rats
Tonight was dinner with an art group I’m apart of. I’m stuck in the middle of an extra long booth between 2 people I don’t know very well. Out of the corner of my eye, I see it – a rat scurrying across the restaurant floor, under a table to a booth maybe 10 feet away from me.
YUCK. PANIC. CAN’T MOVE. I totally have a rat phobia. I know that mice/rats are God’s creation – but they might as well be God’s creation to disturb me. My deathly fear of these things paralyzes me.
When we moved into our home several years ago, we were the only ones in the neighborhood. A field mouse had gotten in the living room. I caught it out of the corner of my eye one day and for a WEEK I avoided the living room. I tiptoed my way around it. Of course, the mouse wasn’t still there. But I just couldn’t do it.
Can I just say, when I started this blog – never did I EVER think I would write a post about getting rid of rats. But guys, this is life and this is something those of us with rat phobia need to know about.
We have had over 75,000 views on this post. So glad to hear these random tips are helping you guys get rid of mice and rats!
Rodents in the Garage
Our garage tends to still attract these rodents. Rodents = rats/mice in my mind people. Rodents on your roof, in your walls, the smell, the crap they leave – it’s all disgusting.
If you are looking for natural ways Here are his latest rodent catching “techniques” that we’ve used to rid our home of rats and mice.
Getting Rid of Rats Naturally
Something to note – we are suggesting natural remedies to get rid of rats. Yes, there is rat and mouse poison that you can put out that the rats and mice eat, become dehydrated and die.
Getting rid of rats naturally means that when they do die, and the circle of life happens – that we are contaminating other animals.
By using harsh chemicals to kill mice – as much as I hate them – I don’t want other animals to ingest the poisoned rat or poisoned mice..
Mouse and rat poison also poses a great danger to our household pets. Curious dogs and cats can easily eat the poison leading to illness or possibly death. Let’s avoid that by checking out these natural ways to get rid of rats and mice without chemicals.
Instant Potatoes to Kill Rats
If you are looking for a non-toxic way to rid your home and property of rats, here is an easy and affordable solution. Have you heard about using instant potatoes to kill rats? This came in from a reader, here’s what we learned.
What Potatoes to Buy
Buy any brand of potato flakes or potato powder. Amazon sells a huge thing of instant potato flakes that should last you quite a while (or help eliminate a rat infestation).
How to Bait Rats
If you buy in bulk, simple put the potato flakes in a bag (brown lunch bags work well.)
Mice and Instant Potatoes
A reader said that with mice and instant potatoes – this rodent solution works with these rodents as well.
How Potatoes Kill Rats
So how does instant potatoes kill rats? The rats will go into your bag, gorge on the potatoes. The potatoes will make them thirsty. When they drink – the potato flakes (or potato powder) expands MANY times in size. It burst their guts and the rats did instantly.
I know some people would rather a rat live – but this isn’t a post on how to save rats, we want to get rid of rats fast. This process is no more painful than a slow death.
Standard rat bait can cause internal bleeding, plus can be dangerous to our pets.
Ex-Lax Kill Rodents
Our next solution for naturally getting rid of rodents is ex-lax. This made me laugh but I hear some of you swear by exlax to get rid of an infestation. I want to provide naturally solutions, so if ex-lax works for getting rid of rats, the people need to know.
Rodents and laxatives – who would have known!
I can honestly say that I have never had ex-lax chocolate. I have had sugar-free chocolate, which might as well have been ex-lax chocolate. Anyways, I don’t know what it tastes like but apparently rats and mice LOVE IT.
Chocolate Laxatives for Rodents
Another thing that rodents apparently like, is peanut butter. So this is how you kill rats with exlax. Take a ex-lax chocolate. Top it with peanut butter and place wherever you are experiencing an infestation.
How it Works
The ex-lax will put the rodents into gastric distress because their digestive system is so small. While you maybe thinking – wait, this kills one – I have 50 I need dead.
The theory behind ex-lax and rats is this. If one rodent gets sick in their home or nest, the others are smart. They know something isn’t right and leave for a safer environment.
Keep Away From Pets and Humans
This should go without saying, but if you have pets or humans (kids, predominately) that could get into the ex-lax – hide it. Rodents can sniff this out but place where your pets cannot easily access.
Humane Mouse Trap
Next we have a redneck bucket rat trap. If killing rats with ex-lax or potatoes isn’t for you, maybe this contraption is an option.
This works for both rats and mice by drowning the rodents. I know, it sounds so morbid but if you are tired of picking up nasty mice traps or seeings rats on glue pad – this is a humane way to kill mice and rats.
Bonus, the smell is not near as bad. The bad part is that you will still need to see the dead rats and mice. Just dump out the water and discard of the carcasses.
How to Make a Rat Trap
Here is what you will need for the redneck bucket trap for catching rodents:
- Large bucket (the orange buckets from Home Depot would work great)
- Ramp (this can be a 2/4 cut to the appropriate size)
- Can (we used a tomato paste can)
- Dish soap
- Peanut butter (the rats aren’t picky, you can use generic)
- Wire coat hanger
This is like the redneck version of the board game, Mouse Trap. That’s right, this is a redneck bucket trap.
I know this sounds corny, and people think I am totally kidding when I tell them about this – but guys, THIS TOTALLY WORKS for ridding your house or rats.
DIY Bucket Mouse Trap
So now you have a bucket, a ramp, a can and peanut butter. You will take need to drill a hole thru the can (see illustration below.)
Un-ravel the wire coat hanger, place thru the can and hook onto the side of the bucket.
Fill the bucket with water, about halfway. Drop a few squirts of dish soap into the bucket.
Place the 2×4 or whatever you are using as a ramp onto the side of the bucket.
Put a glob of peanut butter smack on the can.
How The Bucket Trap Kills Mice
The rodents run up the ramp, go to eat the peanut butter, slip and fall into the bucket which is filled with water. I also should note – make sure to put a few drops of soap into the water for good measure.
Natural Way to Kill Mice
The rodents run up the ramp, go to eat the peanut butter, slip and fall into the bucket which is filled with water.I also should note – make sure to put a few drops of soap into the water for good measure.
The rodents die from drowning. Make sure to check and dump the bucket out at least once a day.
The downside of this natural pest remover is if you place this somewhere you can hear the splashes. When we had just moved into our first home, we had a major field mice problem and my computer was next to the garage. I could hear splashes all day long. Not fun, but neither is a garage full of mice.
There you have it, a redneck bucket rat trap. I wish I could say that this was a joke, but the husband swears by it. “I’ve caught a ton.”
More Home Remedies for Getting Rid of Mice
Here are some other home remedies to get rid of mice naturally that our readers have recommended:
DIY Mice Repellent
Want to do a little diy mice repellent. Here are several options that our readers have suggested for keeping mice and rats away.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Essential oils to get rid of mice? Some people swear by it!
Here is a DIY mice repellent suggested by a reader: PEPPERMINT OIL!
Place peppermint essential oil on cotton balls. Plug up any holes with the cotton balls, and leave thru out the garage, attic or other locations that are infested with mice or rats.
Another option is mixing a solution of coconut oil and lavender oil and lining the garage or wherever to deter rats. A good smelling garage is a bonus. This could be used in combination with one of the above rat killing methods.
Cats Catching Rats and Mice
Cats are a natural predator for mice and rats. The downside, these lovely pets want to show you their catch. It’s one thing to have a dead rat, it’s another when your cat brings the dead body to you. Some people have dogs that will chase mice and rats. Our dogs, not so much.
Mothballs to Rodents
Some people swear mothballs work great for getting rid of mice, others say no. It may depend on the level of infestation as well.
If there is one thing I hate as much as rats, its snakes. Funny how snakes are a great natural way to get of rats, and here I am hating them.
In all seriousness, rat snakes are a great natural remedy for killing rats naturally. If you find these on your property – consider them your friends.
Rat snakes are medium to large constrictors and are found throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere. They feed primarily on rodents and birds. Some species exceed 2.5 m (8 ft) in total length. Read more on Wikipedia
Rats As Pets
I know, I KNOW – I have seen the comments on what great pets rats can be. Nope, sorry not for me – goodbye. I just can’t and won’t. I mean, I can’t even walk down the aisle at PetSmart that has mice. NO, nope, not for me.
Call me paranoid, call me a freak – just don’t call me if you see a rodent. The only downside of this trap – hearing the constant SPLASHES and knowing what exactly that means.
Not a fan of rats, never thought this is what I would be writing about but it’s needed info! You know what else is helpful to know? How to get rid of lice. You are welcome.
Mom to 4 kids, Molly Thornberg aka Digital Mom is the blogger-in-chief here at digitalmomblog.com. She likes to keep it real, overshares on her personal Insta-stories, tries her best to show grace and always appreciates a funny meme. Molly appreciates the unique things in life, and is a Ennegagram 7w8.