How to Use Ammonia to Get Rid of Rats

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Things You'll Need

  • Ammonia

  • Paper cups

  • Old rags


Ammonia will not kill the rats. It simply scares them away. You should look into other techniques for permanent removal.


Ammonia has a harsh smell so try not stink up your whole house with it. If you can use it outside, that's the best thing to do.

Be sure the ammonia cups or rags are out of the reach of children and pets.

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Using ammonia is not a sure shot way to get rid of rats, but it might scare them away for a little bit. This is because ammonia mimics the scent of urine. When rats smell this, they think a fox or a cat is nearby, and run away. Aside from using ammonia to get rid of rats, you should take other precautions, like boarding up holes and sealing up food sources.


How to Get Rid of Rats With Ammonia

Step 1

Find any areas where rats may enter
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Find any areas where rats might be entering your home. You want to scare the rodents away from these areas.

Step 2

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Pour equal amounts of ammonia and water in cups and place them by the entrances, or soak rags in ammonia and place them by the entryways.


Step 3

Lay down a line of ammonia
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Go around the perimeter of your house outside and lay down a line of ammonia as a barrier.

Step 4

replace the rags every few weeks
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Replace the ammonia solution or rags near the rat entrances every few weeks.



Michael Jones

Michael Jones reported campus news stories for The University of Southern California's student newspaper, "The Daily Trojan," for four years before graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in journalism. He has since gone on to write for several publications both in America and abroad and has an idiosyncratic knack for translating the most intricate tasks into layman speak.