Black pepper and rats

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You may have read on the internet that rats don't like black pepper much. You may have also read that they don't like peppermint much. We can't say that we've had the best luck with either of these as deterrents or repellents of rats, or any other wild animal or rodent for that matter. You may find, however, that certain foods might actually work to keep rats away from your garbage can or bag for a while, for example.

If you find a scent that the rats don't like, or find a food that the rats don't eat, you can put that down more. Once they learn they don’t like something, or they get a scent they aren’t fond of, they will often move on. It's not an exact science, of course, but there's nothing wrong with you using these so-called repellents at the same time as your other rat prevention and control methods. Sealing your home, for example, and making sure you place baited snap traps.

Rats don't seem to be a big fan of overly spicy foods, and some homeowners have had some sort of success with spicy and hot peppers, or products containing those spicy features - a hot sauce, for example. Black pepper probably won't work, we'll be honest, otherwise they'd avoid your regular, run of the mill dinner. I'm sure there will have been black pepper over some of that food, yet they will still pull your garbage bag apart to get to the goodies inside.

Cayenne pepper, on the other hand, or a really hot pepper sauce might actually have some success. Wasabi might also work, being super hot. The rat might try this, realize it doesn't like it at all, and then not come back. The chances are, the foods you are putting down won't have much of an effect at all though. These are rodents who will eat human and canine feces because of the nutrition it offers while they are down in the sewers. They have also been studied eating their own feces if they think some nutrition gan be gained from it and food is scarce.

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Although I wrote this site with rats in mind, the same principles apply to other rodents, such as the house mouse. Mice behave very similarly to rats, they're just smaller. Thus mice are not afraid of black pepper either. It is not a good mouse repellent. If you have extra questions not addressed above, email me if you have any questions about how to solve a mouse problem yourself.
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