Pest problems in the garden? Get a handle on rats with these smart solutions. Rats can create chaos and disrupt even the most peaceful gardens.
Ash Read, an experienced gardener and founder of Indoor Plants, shares his key strategies for combating rat problems in your garden with Express.
He emphasizes the importance of creating a scent barrier using certain herbs like rosemary and recommends making your own peppermint spray as an effective homemade solution.
Create a scent barrier with fragrant herbs and plants
Rats are known to be sensitive to certain scents, and plants like rosemary and marigold can act as effective natural deterrents.
These plants not only add fragrant beauty to your garden but also create a scent barrier that discourages rats from settling in.
Make your own peppermint spray
Ash Read also recommends making your own peppermint spray by simply adding a few drops of peppermint oil to water.
This spray can easily be sprayed around the entrances to your garden as well as around your most valuable plants, effectively keeping rats at bay.
Maintain Your Garden
In addition to scent barriers and homemade sprays, it's important to maintain a well-kept and tidy garden. Regular lawn mowing, removal of overgrown areas, and organized storage of gardening tools can help create a garden that is less attractive to rats and other pests.
Carlos Garcia, an expert in garden care from Total Clean, highlights the importance of using various plants' natural properties to deter rats from your garden.
He shares important advice on strategically placing plants like mint, lavender, rosemary, and herbs like garlic and onions to keep rats away.
He emphasizes the need for regular monitoring of the garden to identify signs of rat activity and take necessary measures to prevent a potentially harmful rat invasion.