Posted: 22/07/2016 at 08:05
If you did want to put down poison, watch the routes that the rats take coming into on and out of your garden. Do not put out any bird food of any kind as they will keep coming back for it. You can buy a kind of 'trap' from B&Q I think, where you put the poison in it, and site it on the rat's route. It isn't a trap that catches the rat, its more like a box with a tunnel on two sides. They should easily find the 'food' and then take it back to the nest. You need to check it every couple of days to see if the trap is empty and then see if you continue to get visitors. We had the same problem last year when new neighbours decided to do some 'work' on the inside of their house. It turned out that the rats had set up home in their enormous outside BBQ and clay oven. The birds of prey should not be able to get in the trap. The worst they could do is fly off with it and the contents will fall out.
Last edited: 22 July 2016 08:07:19