Living with rats in your Melbourne home is not only a nuisance, but a potential health hazard.  While traps and hiring professional pest control Melbourne providers like Enviro Safe Pest Control are the most effective ways to eliminate these unwanted guests, there’s a natural defense you might not have considered – scent!  Believe it or not, rats have a highly sensitive sense of smell, and certain aromas can be quite repulsive to them.  So, before you reach for the bait traps, explore these natural, odorous deterrents. These are highly recommended by our rat removal Melbourne experts from our team.

Leveraging Scents in Pest Control

Rats have a highly developed sense of smell, which they use to navigate their environment, avoid dangers, and find food. This sensitivity can be turned against them in the form of natural repellents that are safe for humans but highly effective in driving rats away from your Melbourne home.


The fresh and zesty aroma of citrus fruits like lemon and orange is often pleasant to humans but is overwhelming and unpleasant to rats. Placing peels or spritzing citrus-scented oils around known rat entry points can deter their entry, aiding in effective rat removal.


Peppermint oil is not only great for aromatherapy but also acts as a strong repellent against rodents. Its intense menthol smell is too harsh for the sensitive noses of rats and mice, making it an excellent option for natural rodent removal.


Ammonia smells similar to the urine of predators, which can trigger a fear response in rats, driving them away from the area. Small bowls of ammonia can help with rodent removal, though they should be used cautiously and kept out of reach of children and pets.

Rat and Mice Control

At Enviro Safe Pest Control, we’re dedicated to providing effective,  rodent control solutions to your rodent problems. Incorporating these odours into your pest management strategy can enhance your efforts in rat and mice removal, keeping your Melbourne home rodent-free. Remember, while these scents can help deter rodents, serious infestations will likely require professional rodent control services to eradicate the problem completely.

For more tips or to schedule a professional consultation, contact Enviro Safe Pest Control at 1300 997 272 today.  Let us help you maintain a safe and pest-free environment with innovative and effective solutions. We also provide termite treatments, possum removal Melbourne, bee removal Melbourne and wasp nest removal Melbourne, ant removal and much more.