What Can I Put on the Ground to Repel Mice & Rats?

Whether you are looking to protect your garden or house from mice and rats, natural and chemical products can help deter mice and rats from interacting with your household. In addition to liquid deterrents, traps and other capturing devices can prevent mice and rats from entering specific parts of your house.

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Mouse on kitchen floor

Castor Oil

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Spraying lawn with water mixture

Castor oil is a type of vegetable oil that can be mixed into a solution that can be sprayed in and around your garden our outdoor area to repel mice and rats. To create a diluted mixture of castor oil, mix a one half of a cup of castor oil with two gallons of water. After the solution is mixed, water your garden plants with the solution, helping to enrich your soil as well as repel the rodents.

Peppermint Oil

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Peppermint leaves, close up

Peppermint oil can be placed in bowls around your house or spread on the soil of your garden to help repel mice and rats from your property. Peppermint oil contains several natural pesticides, including menthone. These pesticides are a natural repellent to both mice and rats, acting as poison if they eat it.


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Mouse near trap

If you are looking to eliminate a rodent problem as well as prevent rodents from getting into a certain part of your property, placing rat and mouse traps on the ground will help eliminate the problem. Placing several different types of baits on the traps will appeal to different rodents, helping you to lure and eliminate mice and rats of all shapes and sizes. In addition to a variety of baits, securing the bait in the trap will insure that the rodent does not escape.


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Black Cat close up

If you are looking for a natural and effective deterrent for mice and rats, buying a cat to patrol the grounds of your property will help keep mice and rats away. In addition to hunting and killing mice and rats, cats' smell and fur is a natural deterrent to mice and rats. If you are allergic to cats, strategically placing cat hair around mice and rat entry holes will deter them from coming into your house or garden.

Jason Aberdeene

Jason Aberdeene has been a freelance writer since 2008. His articles have appeared in the "UCSD Guardian" and on various websites, specializing in teen health. An assistant at Kagan Physical Therapy since 2009, Aberdeene has a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego.