Rat in the garden

How to Get Rid of Rats in Garden: 15 Must-Follow Tips

Are you waging a silent battle against rats in your garden? Rest assured you are not alone!

Taking immediate, hands-on action is important! Rats can be more than an unwanted nuisance in your garden. They cause damage to plants and vegetables. They leave droppings in unwanted places and a musky smell. They cause irritating noises, and much more!

In this article, we'll share 15 must-follow tips to get rid of rats in your garden. Let's take back your peaceful, rat-free garden.

#1 Secure Food Sources

Rats love going through your food supplies.

Check that pet food its stored out of reach and that the compost bin is always locked up tight.

Bird houses and feeding stations can be prime real estate for rats so secure these so only beaked buddies can move in.

Compost is a food source for rats

#2 Secure Rubbish and Waste

Ensure your rubbish bins are secure and cannot be accessed easily. Any lids should fit snugly so rats can't sneak in for a snack.

Don't let the rubbish linger. Frequent removal cuts off the food supply that attracts rats. Get organised and take your bins out before rubbish collection.

Secured rubbish bins

#3 Perform Regular Garden Maintenance

Keep your outdoor space neat and tidy to stop rats in your garden. Regularly trim bushes, mow the lawn, and clear clutter to create a less inviting place for rats.

Simple upkeep can make a world of difference. Remove anything that could become a hideout or potential nest. This includes woodpiles, compost heaps and building rubble.

Mowing the lawn

#4 Repair Fences and Boundaries

Patching up holes in your garden fencing is wise to keep rats out. Ensure the base is buried deep to prevent burrowing and fix any gaps with sturdy wire mesh.

A solid barrier discourages rats from turning your green space into their playground.

#5 Install Garden Mesh or Gravel Borders

Consider setting up a mesh barrier or gravel bed around your plant beds to create an obstacle.

Rats find it bothersome to chew or dig through these materials. Adding this defensive ring makes your greenspace much less inviting. This helps to keep your precious plants and vegetables safe.

Wire mesh to prevent rats

#6 Use Natural Rat Repellents

To naturally keep rats away from your garden, consider planting herbs like mint, basil and garlic around the perimeter. These strong-smelling plants deter rodents.

You can use peppermint essential oil to create a rat-repelling solution. Soak cotton balls in the oil and place them near rat-prone areas.

Mint plants can deter rants

#7 Set Up Rat traps

To effectively deal with rats you may wish to consider setting up rat traps. Position rat traps in areas where you see rat droppings, gnaw marks, or other signs of their presence. 

Check traps regularly, remove captured rats promptly, and reset them as needed.

Setting up rat trap in garden

#8 Use Ultrasonic Devices

Ultrasonic pest devices emit high-frequency sounds beyond human hearing. These frequencies disturb pests like rats and mice, driving them away from homes without causing them harm.

Some studies question the effectiveness of ultrasonic devices. However, they do offer a non-toxic alternative to traditional pest control methods.

#9 Secure Water Sources

Remove stagnant water sources, including those near taps and drains. Rats are drawn to water and any standing water is an open invitation.

Regularly check and fix leaky taps, clear clogged drains, and eliminate any unnecessary pools of water in your garden.

Rats love water sources

#10 Protect Compost Bins

For effective rat-proof composting, invest in a sturdy metal or robust plastic bin with a tight-fitting lid. Elevate the bin to make it harder for rats to access, and secure the lid with heavy-duty locks or cords.

Exclude meat, fish, and dairy from compost if possible, opting for vegetable scraps instead. Regularly aerate the compost by turning it to disrupt rat tunnels and deter nesting.

Secured compost bin

#11 Hold Regular Inspections

Regular inspections of your garden and green spaces are crucial for early detection. Inspections allow you to spot signs of rat activity like droppings, gnaw marks, and burrows. This proactive approach helps you take swift action and stay ahead of potential infestations.

Community efforts are also vital, as collective action strengthens defences. Encourage neighbours to join forces, share information, tips, best practices, and coordinate actions.

Garden inspection for rats

#12 Encourage Natural Predators

Encouraging natural predators in your garden is a wise strategy for rat control. Invite birds of prey like hawks, kestrels or owls into your garden as they like to feed on rodents such as rats. A good way to do this is to install perches or nesting boxes in elevated areas.

You can also install bat boxes in sheltered areas, as bats like to eat small rodents, including rats, during their night-time hunts.

Owls are natural competitors for rats

#13 Seal Entry Points to Sheds, Greenhouses and Decking

It's imperative to seal entry points in structures such as sheds, greenhouses, and decking areas. Regularly inspect these areas for holes, gaps, or cracks, paying attention to doors, windows, vents, and utility openings.

Use sturdy materials like wire mesh to seal openings, cover gaps around pipes, cables, and other entry points. Additionally, ensure rats cannot squeeze through small openings around doors and windows. Install weather stripping or door sweeps to prevent access.

Secured outhouse to prevent rats

#14 Consider Professional Help

Recognising when to enlist professional help is crucial, particularly for severe rat infestations. Signs it's time to call pest control experts include persistent infestations despite efforts.

Structural damage like chewed wires warrants expert evaluation, as does unusual rat behaviour, such as aggression or daytime activity.

Professional pest controller

#15 Educate Yourself on Rat Behaviour

Understanding rat behaviour is crucial for effective infestation management. Rats are nocturnal, avid chewers and opportunistic feeders so watch out for signs of these.

Additionally, rats breed rapidly, underscoring the importance of early intervention in managing infestations.

Researching rats on internet

Final Thoughts

You should now appreciate the importance of a comprehensive strategy in eliminating rats from your garden.

By applying many of these 15 must-follow tips on getting rid of rats in your garden, you can turn your green space into a no-rat zone. It really isn't just a dream - it's an achievable goal!

We go to great lengths to ensure that all our DIY rat control products are effective, safe & easy-to-use. You may also find our expert guide useful if you want to learn more about getting rid of rats from your home or workplace.

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