Deterring Rats with Mint
I live in a housing co-operative and we have composters in our courtyard. Unfortunately, we have had to stop composting for a while, due to an over population of rats. The rats are going to be baited early next week. I read on the internet in several places that rats hate the smell of mint. Do you think planting mint around the composters would work well as a deterrrent so we don't get new rats? Is it better to use mint which has been dried or fresh? How effective is mint in deterring rats? How close does the mint have to be to the composters in order to work?