For anyone who has ever seen a real rat infestation, it is easy to understand why people want to get rid of the animals so bad. The rats can infest any part of the home and also commercial buildings. The rat population can grow very rapidly, and that’s why people just want to get rid of the issue quickly. The problem is that many people are misinformed and therefore waste so much money on methods that don’t work at all. There are so many cases where people have resorted to using repellents since they heard that when the rats smell something that they do not like they will leave.
There are so many different types of repellents available in the market today and it is no wonder that people are able to get their hands on them so easily. They come in the form of granules, powders and even sprays. Sometimes there are high pitch sound machines and bright lights that are also greatly advertised on the internet as deterrents.
Rats make a home within your home and there they raise their young. When you resort to using a scent, you are trying to tell the rat to vacate their only home, the only key to its survival. Since the rats are all settled in, it is highly unlikely that a simple scent will make them leave your home at all. Rats compete for space and sometimes they cannot afford to leave your home simply because of a smell. You need to know that rats do not really care what smell you put in their territory. They will still thrive and cause mischief in your home.
One of the popular scent repellents is moth balls. They are very common and generic repellents that you can find in the market. There are companies that have gone the extra mile to sell the chemical labeled naphthalene. The truth of the matter is mothballs, like many other repellents, don’t work. Do not waste time and money trying out a method that is destined to fail sooner than later. Using mothballs only gives you headaches and causes an odor in the house.
Ammonia is yet another chemical with a strong odor that many believe can do the trick. Regardless of how you use it, it won’t work.
Predator urine is a theory that many people believe will do the trick. However, this one doesn’t work on the rats as you would expect either. Rats know the odds of survival should they leave the only home that they know and they may not be willing to take the risk.
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