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