A Nasty Rat - Knowledgebase Question

Glendale, CA
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Question by mishandrob
February 27, 2001
I have a small garden that I have tried to make comfortable for critters: such as hummingbirds, all sorts of little birds and a few squarrels. A rat has found a home in my yard which really bothers me. I want to get rid of it without hurting the other animals. I am afraid if I do not address this rat now, I will have many rats to deal with later. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thank you for any suggestions.


Answer from NGA
February 27, 2001
Where food is available, rats and mice will find it! They really like bird seed, corn and bread - all the things you're probably feeding the wildlife. If the infestation is severe, you might wish to contact a pest control professional as rodents can carry some serious diseases. Many gardeners report that a household pet such as a dog or cat can serve as an effective deterrent to many small animal pests, and some report success using repellant sprays. Your County Extension (323-838-8330) might also be able to offer some advice, especially if rats are particularly prevalent in your local area.

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