Peppermint to Repel Rats: Truth and Myth

Peppermint to Repel Rats: Truth and Myth

Myth or Truth? Orkin Debugs the Myths and Explains the Everyday Items that Can Repel Pests
By Dr. Ron Harrison, entomologist and Orkin technical services director

Dryer sheets for mosquitoes? Orange peels for roaches? Grits to kill fire ants? It may seem impossible to keep bugs away from the home, so people will try just about anything. You’ve heard about the household DIY tricks to prevent pests, but what actually works? Orkin has debugged why the myths are false and explains why some everyday household items can help keep pests away.

Peppermint to Repel Rats: Truth and Myth
While it’s true that peppermint oil deters rats from entering treated areas, this natural deterrent is unrealistic because the concentration needed is so high that it would be unpleasant for the homeowner. The best natural deterrent is cleanliness:

  • Keep trash sealed tightly in containers.
  • Ensure no food crumbs or residue are available around your home.