5 Effective Homemade Rat Poisons

5 Effective Homemade Rat Poisons

5 Effective Homemade Rat Poisons

Method #3

Here is another method that you might want to try!


  1. Mix the instant potatoes and plaster of Paris in a bowl.
  2. Next, add a dash or two of cinnamon into the mixture.
  3. Then, add one cup of water to the dry ingredients.
  4. Stir together and put into several small bowls or empty cans. Cat food cats are the perfect height for rats to reach easily!
  5. Place these containers into areas where you think the rats are living or visiting often.

This method works very similar to method one! The plaster of Paris will eventually harden inside of their stomach. While it doesn’t work as fast as a commercial method, you can guarantee the rats will die when they consume some plaster of Paris.

Believe it or not, rats are also attracted to the instant potatoes. The instant potatoes contain nutrients that the rats want to have in their system. It acts as an attractive bait. Plus, cinnamon adds a natural touch of sweetness that is desirable..


Method #4

Rats love cheese, but they also love peanut butter. For this method, you only need two ingredients, and chances are both are in your pantry right now!


  1. Mixture together the peanut butter and baking soda. You could also use half baking soda and half plaster of Paris.
  2. Put into a small container or two in the areas where you know the rats are frequenting.

Rats struggle to avoid the delicious scent of peanut butter. You could use just baking soda or baking soda and plaster of Paris. Either way, the rats won’t be able to live after eating this delicious treat.

How To Make Peanut Butter

Method #5

The next method involves a different ingredient – boric acid. Unlike commercial rat poison, boric acid is very slow acting. You can use boric acid to kill the rats over time. Some rats are smart enough to avoid baited traps. These choices are great for the smarter-than-average rat.

  1. First, mix the boric acid and sugar. You can stop right here if your goal is to create a dry mixture for the rats to consume simply. However, let’s make it more appealing!
  2. Add water to the boric acid and sugar mixture to create a dough. Slowly add the water until it becomes a dough. You could leave these little dough balls out, just like we did in method one.
  3. If you want to make this method even more appealing, roll these little balls in peanut butter, chocolate or both! That is a rat’s dream.

Rats are intelligent. Some homeowners make chicken broth balls out of equal parts chicken broth and boric acid. Add flour to the mixture to make it more manageable. The little balls will be scented like delicious chicken broth, making them almost unavoidable for rats.



Commercial rat poisons have their place and time to be used. However, turning to a homemade option is often cheaper and safer if you have children and pets running around. One of these five different homemade rat poisons will work for your situation!

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One comment

  1. Connie Fazenbaker

    Will these work for ground moles or gophers? Something is eating our plants like onions, potatoes, you name it and they eat them. When we plant green beans, snow peas and long beans, they are gone in the morning and all you see are holes.