Effective Methods To Get Rid Of Rats In Nigerian Homes

With the health risks posed by rats in most Nigerian homes, it’s time to get rid of them with these effective methods we would list in this article. The category of domestic rats, rodents and mice can infect humans directly with diseases such as hantavirus, ratbite fever, lymphocytic choriomeningitis and leptospirosis. These and many other diseases that can be caused by rats if you continue to have them in your home. How can rat be completely eradicated out of homes? This has been the recurring question made by a lot of people in the country. This article will give answers to this by highlighting the effective ways to get rid of rats at homes or anywhere else.

How to effectively get rid of rats at home in Nigeria

Furthermore, rats may be posing health issues to people and their environment. This is possible due to the fact that they may also serve as reservoirs for diseases transmitted by ectoparasites, such as plague, murine typhus and Lyme disease.  According to the The University of Arizona, there are effective methods of roof rat control which can be employed to get rid of them. This include exclusion, habitat modification, trapping, and poison bait. The use of traps and/or poison baits can effectively provide control of an existing roof rat problem.

Also, using the methods of exclusion can provide effective, long-term control by preventing roof rat infestation. Either the ways you wish to use, it will still get rid of the rat so far the method suits the situation. Below, we will explicate these ways to effectively get rid of rats at homes in Nigeria.

How to Effectively Get Rid of Rats at Home in Nigeria

Below is the rundown of preferred ways to effectively get rid of rats at homes;

Make Your Own Trap

One of the best ways to get rid of rats quickly is by setting a trap for the rats. All you need to do here is to put a bait in the trap which will attract the rat. The bait could be dried fish or cheese, which is one of rat’s favourite. Set up the trap in such a way that as the rat tries to eat the bait, it will be caught in the trap. This method is always preferable because it’s always cheap and easy to carry out. Through this, you will certainly say goodbye to rats in your house.

Use of Ammonia

By the odor of Ammonia, you will get a lot of rats out of your house. Ammonia is just a colourless gas with a distinct odour composed of nitrogen and hydrogen atoms. This ingredients are very threat to rats. You can do the mix by having this ingredients: 2 spoons of detergent; a quarter glass of water; and 2 cups of regular ammonia. Next, you will have to mix all these contents together in a bowl, and place it where rats appear frequently. Though this may not kill the rats, but it will get rid of them because they cannot stand the smell of ammonia.

Using Some Mothballs

Typically, Moth-balls are used to protect clothes, articles from moths, cockroaches, ants, flies, and as well rats. Mothballs are small balls of chemical pesticide and deodorant which is sometimes used when storing clothing and other articles which can easily get damaged from mould. A strong study and some practice shows that mothballs tend to repel rats. You can find some mothballs in market places and they are ready to use with no preparations involved. After getting them, you will have to place them in hidden places to keep the rats away. Also try to take proper care not touch the chemical with your bare hands. If mistakenly touch, ensure to rinse it off immediately.

Using the Smell of Pepper

Normally, rats hate the smell of onions and utilizing this can help to drive them away. This is very working in that the smell of pepper makes it hard for the rats to breathe. Just to the trick by sprinkling some crushed pepper in rat holes and other corners of your house. Keep repeating this until you notice results and that the rats have been eradicated from your house.

Use of Steel Wool (Iron Sponge)

In a bid to get rid of rats, you can employ steel wool to create barriers. This steel wool which is locally known as iron sponge, is a well known household product in Nigeria. This can see them off because rats find it hard to nibble on steel wool. You should put this steel wool barrier in their entry way so as to block their access to the house.

Cow Dungs

The use of cow dung by spraying them round the house can also get rid of rats. A good number of people use cow dung to drive away rats and this has been working well for them. You can apply this method by taking some cow dung cakes and spread them in your backyard or garden. This will kill off the rats once they consume it. Also, when they eat the cow dung, it will inflame their stomach and subsequently cause their death.

Ensure Good Sanitation

This is arguably one of the best methods to get rid of rats in your environment. You should ensure to always maintain a clean and tidy environment at all times. This will get them off because rats are attracted to dirty environments. Since rats are attracted to where there is dumps and refuse, you can always dispose your dump refuse and ensure all trash cans are properly closed. Additionally, you can have a rat-free home by destroying all potential shelters and breeding places for rats.

Other Ways to Get Rid of Rats

Aside from the aforementioned methods in obviating rats from homes, there are some other important ways. Here are other popular ways of getting rid of rats:

  • Using poisonous rat baits – The use of poisonous rat baits can steadily eradicate rats from your house.
  • Electrocute them – This is also another way of getting rid of rats in your house. This method should be carried out by handling them without gloves, and using electronic traps. This method of electrocuting rats give a quick and 100% proven result.
  • You can also use the electronic ultrasonic repellents to keep rodents and rats away from your house.
  • Spraying of natural repellents along the perimeter can also help.
  • Use the homemade and biological methods – which you will have to plant plants which will drive away the rats.


Rats is certainly one creature that you should get rid of in your home. These rats have been very common in homes and this has pose some health threats to those housing them. This article highlighted the effects of these rats which results to diseases of many kind. Most importantly, we enumerated the effective ways to easily get rid of rats in Nigerian homes.

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Oluchi Chukwu

Oluchi is a seasoned Information blogger, content developer and the editor of Nigerian Queries. She is a tech enthusiast who loves reading, writing and research

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