We live in a row of four bungalows, nearby is a long row of victorian terraces with an unkempt back alley.We are on the edge of a rural village.
We have had an occasional rat running through our back garden and rats have been seen by our neighbours.
Recently we have seen three or four rats in daylight hours.they have been quite brazen and not really phased by where they were. We took action in that we established where their rat runs were and blocked as much access as we could.
One morning a rat was seen happily eating slug pellets, which I now know are made from a food type product that is attractive to rats ,but not slugs. At this point we purchased three boxes of rat killer( rentakill). We laid the poison in four prominent areas that we knew were used by the rats.
Also we loaded two rat traps.
as a result of this action we have killed eight rats of various ages.these we have either trapped or have been found after poisoning.There will probably be others that we haven,t seen that have been poisoned.
We have baited them until they stopped feeding, we have read this id the right action to take.
all the traps and bait trays have been out of reach of garden birds.
We are monitoring the gardens for two weeks to see if we get any more returning
perseverance is the name of the game. The largest was approximately 12 -13 inches long from nose to tail so had probably been around for a long time