If you have a rat infestation, you probably want to know about it because of the devastating damage they do to your home. Rats are known to gnaw on electrical wires, eat through walls, burrow under homes and eat your food. The rodents are also known to spread more than 35 diseases that can infect both humans and pets.
Some of the diseases rats can spread include salmonellosis, hantavirus, leptospirosis and toxoplasmosis.
If you have rats in your home, it is important that you try to get rid of them as quickly as possible.
Fortunately, followers of cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch, whose full name is Sophie Hinchliffe, have shared their simple solution to deter rats.
The cleaning and lifestyle influencer has more than 4.5 million followers on Instagram and often shares her garden and home tips online.
Fans of hers have taken to social media to share their hacks to solve common household problems in recent years.
On one such group, Facebook user Michelle Frisby posted: “Help! Does anyone know anything about rats in the house?
“I’m in the process of tearing my kitchen apart and my builder has found evidence of rats in my ceiling.
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Other suggestions from Mrs Hinch fans include using peppermint oil, baking soda, sticky traps and a rat blocker.
Jacqueline Pollard said: “They don’t like the smell of peppermint oil. We had one under the shed a few weeks ago. I put peppermint oil on cotton pads around the areas I thought he was and he never came back.
“If you feed the birds, stop for a while. Hope this helps and is safer for your pets.”
Mandie Mcdonald commented: “Use peppermint oil soaked in cotton balls. Heard it was supposed to do the trick.
“Extra precautions – get a trap and bait it with peanut butter out of reach of pets and children. That should do the trick. You’re not dirty, but I hear there are rats everywhere at the moment.”
Jacquie Thomson wrote: “Peppermint oil? They don’t like that.”
Ashley Nicole Morrison replied: “Sticky traps, easiest way and won’t affect your pets or children. It can stick if they step on it, but it peels off.”
Rachael Brewer said: “Bicarbonate of soda and peanut butter – a 50/50 mix. Make balls. Rats love peanut butter, and bicarbonate of soda explodes their insides.”
Kirsty Thomson agreed, replying: “Bicarbonate of soda and peanut butter. Roll to balls which obviously kills them.”
Anita Sullivan wrote: “We tried everything. In the end we got a rat trap for the drain and installed it in the sewer pipe entrance.
“Touch wood we haven’t heard anything since. I had recently read about cutting out bicarbonate of soda with sugar mix as well.”
Some cleaning enthusiasts warned against using poison to get rid of rats, as this could be fatal to pets and likely to affect local ecosystems.
Jo North commented: “If you’ve got poison down and the rat dies under your floorboards. It will absolutely stink and you’ll get maggots and then flies.
“This happened in an old house I had. That was not good. Be aware of. Good luck.”
Katy Wilkinson said: “Please do not use poison. The impact on local wildlife can be fatal.
“Foxes and owls to name a few are also at risk, as the food chain goes. Please consider using humane traps instead.”
Jess Heather agreed, writing: “As much as people need to get rid of rats, please don’t use poison. It is a painful death for them and any animal that eats it.”
Sallie Jo replied: “Please do not use poison for two reasons. One, it’s an absolutely horrible way for them to die.
“They are clearly suffering through 24 hours of pain. “Also, local cats can eat them when they are dead along with the poison still inside them.”