(405) 708-7080

How to Get Rid of Rats

There are no truly humane ways to kill rodents, only less inhumane methods. Rats are killed with poisons, snap traps, glue boards, and maze-type traps that drown them. Based on what is known about these methods, the traditional snap trap, and perhaps the newer traps that use an electrical charge to shock and kill, seems to be the least inhumane. This doesn’t mean that rats won’t suffer in these traps—they certainly will.


Peppermint. Rats have a very distinct sense of smell. To us humans, peppermint is very the rent and fresh. However, it is offensive to rats. To do this, add 25-30 drops of peppermint essential oil to a cotton ball and place it to places where rats are commonly found. Peppermint kills the rats as soon as it gets in contact with their lungs, it shrinks it and eventually kills the rats.

Moth Balls. You can buy mothballs from department stores within your vicinity. It is advised to put these in places where rats can be found.

Ammonia. This is known as a cleaning agent, but it also acts as a poison to mice and rats. All you need to do is mix 2 – 2 and a half cups of ammonia, 100 – 200 mL of water and a 2-3 spoonful of detergent in a bowl. Then, put it to places where rats are usually seen. The smell of ammonia is very pungent that it instantly kills rats.

Black pepper can also produce a very sharp smell which is harmful to mice and rats. This is a basic condiment because it spices up the food. But to these rodents, it is harmful to their lungs.

Onions. Another poisonous repellant against rats is onions. Just like the black pepper, its smell is very offensive to mice and rats that could lead them to death. All you need to do is slice onions and place it where mice and rats are found. However, you need to remember to change the onions every day because they rot in a specific amount of time.

Boric Acid Poison

Kill rats while they sleep by poisoning them with boric acid, which you can usually find in drugstores and hardware stores. Mix one part boric acid with two parts peanut butter and shape into pea-sized balls. ... Just be aware that boric acid is poisonous to all animals, including humans!

Baking Soda Poison.

Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate and will readily decompose to produce carbon dioxide gas under acidic conditions. So, the rat eats baking soda which then comes into contact with acids in the rat's stomach. The baking soda turns into a bunch of gas that the rat can't expel which somehow then kills that rat.


Live traps are the most humane way of trapping rodents. Simply bait it with peanut butter or Propest Professional Lure and carefully release it outside. Use gloves when handling the traps

Snap traps

These small wooden or plastic traps are one of the most effective means of capturing and killing rats and mice and can be the most inexpensive. ... The small mouse traps are not likely to kill or hold the rat, and could, instead, inhumanely injure the rodent

Glue traps

Rat Glue Traps are safer to use than snap traps unless the snap traps are placed in protective bait stations. Rats are less likely to become "trap shy". The glue boards have a lower profile so the rat is less suspicious of the new object.


This is a mean method that involves the use of a small metal cage. A live wire is connected to the cage, which causes the rat to be electrocuted as soon as it steps into the cage.


Drowning involves a water trap set in such a way that the rat on its regular trail suddenly runs, falls into the water and drowns.

Visit our Wildlife Trapper Oklahoma City home page to learn more about us.