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
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.
Go back to the Rats in the Attic home page.
DO MICE FEAR BLACK PEPPER?
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.