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25/4/2024 at 8:06pm
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Hello fellow rabbit enthusiasts,

I would like to tell you about this anti-rat peppermint oil spray from Amazon that helped me get rid of rats. It's a great alternative to regular poisons that keep bunnies safe and deter rodents.

A couple of months ago, I set up a new outdoor hutch for my two lovely bunnies, Luna and Mochi. It was a spacious, two-level wooden hutch with a nice play area and a cozy sleeping section.

About two weeks after setting everything up, I noticed some unusual activity. Bits of the hay I'd put in the hutch would be scattered around, and some of the food in their dish was gone, even when Luna and Mochi weren't eating much. Then one morning, I caught a rat sneaking out from the lower section of the hutch. I was horrified! The rat had chewed through a corner, creating a small opening and had been visiting the hutch, possibly attracted to the food or the warmth.

However, I was hesitant to use any harmful chemicals or traps, considering my bunnies' safety and well-being. I stumbled upon this mouse-repellent spray on Amazon decided to give it a go. It's all-natural and pet-safe. After a week of spraying the hutch perimeter, especially around the chewed spot, the rat troubles ceased. Luna and Mochi are happy, and the hutch remains rat-free. It's been over a month now, and I'm glad to report that the rats haven't returned.

Has anyone here experienced similar problems with rats?


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We had mice in our caravan once when in storage and used Jeyes Fluid round the outside of the van to keep them away - I'm sure the peppermint oil spray would smell much better!!!


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Years ago we had rodents in an old outhouse that had been used for chickens. Our Dachshund ensured there were no more rats ecologically.


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We found this repellent very effective and it is a lot cheaper and doesn't require batteries. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0995SYXR1/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?i........


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Friends with horses and rat problems around stables tell me raw Sweet Potatoes are toxic to rats, they form cyanide once digested, but are no risk to the horses.

Maybe worth looking into safety for the bunnies before employing though!


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Raw beans or sweet potatoes (are both high in oxalic acid, which could lead to kidney stones when fed in excessive amounts; sweet potatoes also contain tiny amounts of cyanogenic glycosides (CGs). CGs turn to cyanide when eaten, but would need excessive amounts to be toxic; raw beans Ė particularly kidney beans Ė can be lethal if ingested, as they contain lectin-phytohemagglutinin that causes red blood cells to clump together)

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They are not to keen on a .177 air rifle. 👍😉


26/4/2024 at 8:32pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Devonatheart on 26/4/2024
They are not to keen on a .177 air rifle. 👍😉



Or a Jack Russell

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Iíve read chilli flakes work well, but I didnít want to leave that around the bird feeders when the rats came during Covid (when the takeaways were shut down). Cat was hopeless. Blackbird got killed in the trap, which upset me. So it had to be the bait in a box. What worked best was the takeaway shops opening again.

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Quote: Originally posted by Rod+Ali on 26/4/2024
Quote: Originally posted by Devonatheart on 26/4/2024
They are not to keen on a .177 air rifle. 👍😉



Or a Jack Russell



Years ago my uncle use to get rid of rats in the cow byre by sending the terriers in. Cats are good mousers but you need dogs to deal with rats. Not nice if you are squeemish and best to have your dog up to date on its vaccinations.
The wee Dachshund we had cleared them out in days. The cat watched.


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30/4/2024 at 12:51pm
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Quote: Originally posted by bofs on 26/4/2024
We had mice in our caravan once when in storage and used Jeyes Fluid round the outside of the van to keep them away - I'm sure the peppermint oil spray would smell much better!!!



Yes! It's smells much better.

For those that has mice/rats in their houses you can use ultrasonic devices, they will keep them away.


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Quote: Originally posted by Rod+Ali on 26/4/2024
Quote: Originally posted by Devonatheart on 26/4/2024
They are not to keen on a .177 air rifle. 👍😉



Or a Jack Russell



Donít the Jacks love it to! 👍


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I tend to get rats coming into the garden because my well-meaning neighbour, who puts out food for the urban foxes, attracts rats to her garden, which then (in the autumn) come into my garden and actually climb my apple tree to eat the apples! Cheeky so-and-so's. I had a professional rat catcher in at the exhorbitant cost of £180. It seemed to get rid of them for a while, but judging by the interest my dog is taking in where the original rat-runs were, I suspect they're back. A neighbour told me that as soon as one family is killed off, the next lot move in.. Urgh.

I'd be worried about using an ultrasonic device in case it upset the dog (a Cockerpoo) and I don't have a rifle! I do hope the peppermint spray idea works... I assume its watered-down essential oil?

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I had an issue with rats in an out building and an old game keeper came along with a trap.2 nights later a big bruiser of a rat appeared in trap, game keeper came along with a blow torch and sinched it hair and let it go, cleared out all the rats as they don't like burning smoke,


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Well... never heard that before!

I have also heard that wire wool will kill them, if you blocked the hole to their nest with it: in their efforts to get rid of the stuff they tear it out with their teeth, and it chokes them. First find the rat-hole.

Still haven't bought any peppermint spray.

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Wish there was something similarly eco friendly for grey squirrels. One has appeared in the garden, no doubt hunting the fledgling birds to eat. Unfortunately the dog canít climb up after it.

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