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Jeyes Fluid for deterring rodents?

A commercial client has had a problem with rats causing damge around their AC units. They've had a pest control company come out and one of their suggestions was to apply Jeyes fluid around the buildings on a regular (fortnightly) basis and that would help keep them away. The customer has asked us to do this as an additional service to what we already do. I'd prefer to avoid it to be honest as the smell gets onto everything and I'm wondering if it would even be effective at all?

Has anyone had experience doing this or is there anything else I could suggest to the client that's a bit easier to work with than Jeyes?


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  • Cannot see it working, the phenols that used to make it a good moss killer were taken out years ago, its just black disinfectant really. Don't think much of the pest company why don't they put bait boxes down and remove the problem.

  • peppemint oil will work and i think they do not like garlic 

    it might be the client stating they do not want to kill the rats so the pest control co has no chance

    i had a office that i did the garden and they got mice in the kitchen part i had to put live traps down and suposedley release them in the garden 



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    Hi Steven It's immaterial wether the jeyes fluid works or not  

    It's the pest control companies professional judgement of the survey they have conducted so they should really carry out the treatment and then move on to a different treatment if the jeyes fluid fails to deter the rats .

    Surely there needs to be a time limit on how long the treatment lasts and it's effectiveness monitored by the experts . 

    Anyway it will just get diluted by all he excessive rain we are experiencing in my opinion .

    They need to remove what ever is attracting the rats usually food or water but also they like to move indoors during adverse weather the air conditioning units sound ideal during a heatwave .

  • PRO

    Thanks for the replies.

    A little more context has emerged . . . . The pest control company have put bait boxes down but have advised that because the location is semi rural,the problem is likely to be ongoing and I think my client just wants to feel assured that they're doing everything they can to prevent further damage.

    The peppermint oil suggestion sounds interesting and worth exploring perhaps.

  • Some useful suggestions in the below website:


    Rat Repellents & Deterrents to Keep Rats Away | EcoGuard
    Learn more about the best rat repellants and deterrents for the rodent specialist at EcoGuard Pest Management.
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