In reply to Chris Andrews:
Well I suppose it is probably that time of year again - and rats are becoming more active. We now have 4 rats visiting the garden - two from the gardens at each side - at least that is where they go when you shout at them! I am pretty sure they are not nesting in our garden. They do eat the bird food. They climb up the feeding station pole, they like the fat balls which are in a sort of cage hanger - in fact they can get inside the hanger & sit there gorging themselves. Feeders are in the open, not near enough to any shrub or tree to be used as a springboard. The rats are out and about in daylight. Elsewhere there was a post about plants that deter rats - & I shall try more of those, including garlic spray. Daffodils were given as one example of a deterrent - the feeders are in grass which has many daffodils - doesnt seem to worry them. Squirrels are supposed to chase of rats - no - we have both! Am about to buy a squirrel baffle with the hope it will help against both. I am also going to block up holes in the fence one side with crushed up wire netting, and also use some strong, stiff narrow gauge wire netting as a horizontal barrier in front of our fence on the other boundary, where they have been digging under. (We keep filling it back up).
I shall just keep trying to make it difficult for them with the hope they will go else where. I hate them!
In reply to HelenA-1558690675:
I've not tried it myself but there is this on the market: www.amazon.co.uk/.../B005GKCFV6. Quite a number of similar products too but I would research the impact on other wildlife before purchasing - or just put it out at night for a week or so to make sure the rats are 'convinced' to look elsewhere for food for good.
On the plant's side, peppermint, spearmint, sage, fur trees, hyacinths and oregano are good deterrents too.
On the birds side, encourage owls and kestrels, they will have the time of their lives!
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