Just before we continue let me clarify that I am not talking about people here. I really mean rats from the rodent family. 🙂
Because I realize that I have a huge audience with readers from as far as Mauritius, Malawi, Australia, South Africa, India, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom and many more, 154 countries to be exact; I wanted to share a little recipe that I shared with my dear missionary friend Annie for use in the orphanage she runs in Malawi, Africa.
Rats can cause a lot of problems, from the spread of disease to the eating and destroying of food crops, and storage houses. At home about 18 months ago we had a problem with some rats that decided to come from I don’t know where to our back yard. Now, I recognize that our lawn was a little high in the back (my husband was sick at the time and I was on bed-rest, so we had no one to cut the lawn for us). The high lawn for just a few weeks made the environment favorable for rats and snakes and other unwanted guests.
After my husband cut the grass and cleaned the yard these rats and possums were still making their nightly visits to our back yard and driving our dog crazy.
It is then that we broke out some herbs like sage, oregano garlic cayenne pepper and hot chili peppers. We made an infused oil with them and poured the finished oil into a commercial spray bottle. We opted for herbs instead of poison because we have children and a dog. So no one was going to die or be poisoned by using herbs and oil.
We sprayed the lawn, the edges of the house, the patio and all the bases of our plants and trees 2 times per day. After about 2 days we had no more unwanted visitors and funny thing, our mischievous Labrador stopped chewing the plants and making holes. I guess he did not like the smell either. We continued spraying everyday for 3 weeks and have not seen a rat or possum since.
I know that when we lived in other countries, seeing a rat in your home or back yard was a common thing. You would go for a broom and sweep them outside. But now you don’t have to worry about getting the broom, just go for the herbs. If your interested in how you can make this oil with herbs please email me at LaChicaOrganica@gmail.com and for a minimal cost of $10 I will email you written instructions for making the spray.
Many Blessings you.
A warm hello to all my friends visiting La Chica Organica from around the world: