Posted: 18/06/2013 at 09:46
Rats are ubiquitous and like to nest in compost heaps as it's warm. We are in teh country so have them in tehgarden and neiighbouring pasture but when it comes to the bird feeders I draw a line and place poisoned bait in hidden spots because I don't like traps.
The one I use is Toxa Overdose - sachets of blue stained grains that kill and then dessicate the corpse so there is no smell. I use it in winter in the attic when the local mice move in for teh winter and it's very effective. Works on rats too but you need several sachets at a time. I put them under rhubarb leaves to keep them dry and away from birds.
A good DIY or garden centre will have a variety of products and traps.