What odour do rats hate

What odour do rats hate

So What odour do rats hate? Rats have a powerful sense of smell; they can detect odours over long distances and even use scents to communicate. Their keen noses also help them avoid predators and stay away from homes where cats are present. Because of this, many people have tried to use strong smells to keep rats away from their properties, with mixed results. Some people swear by the effectiveness of cotton balls soaked in peppermint and other DIY rat repellants. However, the jury is still out on whether any of these methods actually work.

What odours do rats really hate?

If there is one smell that is absolutely guaranteed to send rodents scurrying away, it’s cat urine. Cats are among the most effective hunters of rats and other rodents; they know to stay well clear of any felines they encounter. If you own a cat, you can create your own effective rat repellent using kitty litter.

For this to work, you want to buy the cheapest kitty litter you can find. This is because the more expensive brands are often scented and designed to minimise the smell once they have been used. However, the smell is exactly what we’re looking for.

Once your cat has urinated in its litter tray, you want to collect the used litter while wearing gloves and scoop it into a Tupperware container. You don’t need much; try only to collect the litter you know the cat has urinated on.

You can then place these containers outside near doors and windows and let nature do the rest. As soon as any curious rats get a whiff of cat urine, they will know there’s a predator nearby and are less likely to enter your home. It isn’t a perfect repellant, but it is effective and cheap.


No one wants to deal with bugs, rats, micecockroaches, flies, textile pests, insects, wasps, hornets, or bee control and ants in their house or business.

Pest infestations should be addressed as soon as possible, since if left unchecked, they might spread rapidly and cause structural damage to your house, health risks, lots of stress or even a fire danger.

At Bon Accord, we provide a full range of home pest control services as well as the Bon Accord Helpline, which allows us to deliver our clients with the level of service they require when dealing with rodents, ants, cockroaches and other infestations.

We offer a full range of services from basic to expert, ranging from a self-service solution with all the tools you’ll need to DIY treatments, supported remotely by one of our technicians to our premium service in which one of the specialists performs the whole treatment

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