What’s the best way to get rid of rats? We stopped putting out bird­seed al­ready.

Birds & Blooms - - Ask The Experts - Eric Lor­nell SAND­WICH, MAS­SACHUSETTS

Kenn and Kim­berly:

The brown rat, the species most likely to be found in your area, is not na­tive to

North Amer­ica and is usu­ally found around man-made struc­tures and homes. Your state wildlife agency may have ad­vice on deal­ing with rats with­out harm­ing any other an­i­mals, but it’s pos­si­ble to feed birds with­out at­tract­ing ro­dents if you use feed­ers equipped with trays to catch any spilled seed.

You should also pro­tect the feeder with baf­fles on the post or what­ever it’s hang­ing from. The same kinds of baf­fles that keep squir­rels at bay also work well to pre­vent rats from reach­ing the feeder.

Kim­berly and Kenn Kauf­man are the duo be­hind the Kauf­man field guide se­ries. They speak and lead bird trips all over the world.

Melinda My­ers, a na­tion­ally known, award-win­ning gar­den ex­pert and Tv/ra­dio host, has writ­ten more than 20 books.

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