The title may lead you to believe that I know how to successfully deal with rats or mice invading your bird seed, but in reality, I don’t have a clue.
Let me share with you what I have done, and what hasn’t worked.
I keep my extra bird seed in these thick, “ant proof,”, hard plastic containers. Because I’ve noticed some seed on the ground around the containers that I knew I didn’t spill, I knew I had a visiting rat (you’ll see why in a moment). Since I normally don’t use poisons (because I don’t want the dogs to accidentally ingest this), I first tried glue traps. Didn’t work. Next, I bought one of those electronic zapping rat traps. Didn’t work. I bought a spring-loaded rat trap. Didn’t work. I bought one of those live trap things for rats or small mammals. Didn’t work. How do I know it hasn’t worked?
I know it’s not working because that stupid rat is walking right in between the glue traps, the live animal trap, and the electronic trap and is literally attempting to chew through the plastic container.
I’m trying one more thing. I bought one of those rat bait things that contain poison, but it is pet proof. Since the dogs will be protected from the poison, and hopefully the rat won’t be able to leave the garage (I don’t want to poison the raptors who eat rats), I’m hopeful this will work and I will soon find, or smell, a dead rat in my garage. I can tell you this. Although I am an animal lover, this rat will not receive a proper burial!