How to stop rats when feeding birds

How to stop rats when feeding birds

So How to stop rats when feeding birds

Leaving food in your garden for birds is an excellent way to encourage them to visit and brighten up the place. But while feeding birds doesn’t necessarily have to attract rats, it will do if you go about it in certain ways. The most common reason that rats appear after homeowners start feeding the birds is because they are attracted to seeds that have fallen from the feeder. It’s worth investing in a squirrel-proof feeder; it will be just as effective at keeping rats and other rodents out as it is at deterring squirrels. Unfortunately, once rats have identified your garden as a reliable source of food and shelter, they will keep coming back, even if you manage to remove their main food source.

How to stop rats when feeding birds

To make sure the rats get the message and know to stay away from your garden in the future, taking a break from feeding the birds for a few weeks should help. It can be frustrating for bird watchers and bird lovers not to feed the birds without rats interfering, but unfortunately, it goes with the territory. After a few weeks, the rats should have given up any expectations they’re still clinging to of finding free meals outside your home. When you restart feeding the birds, try to keep any food you provide well out of the reach of rodents.

You can also discourage rats from moving in by making your garden generally less friendly to rats. Rats need long grass, dark corners, and other features that let them stay out of sight. By keeping your garden clean and clutter-free, you will improve visibility and reduce the number of hiding places rats can exploit to move in undetected. They might still come and visit now and then, but unless they can find a secure, sheltered nesting site, they won’t be moving in for the long term, no matter how often you feed the birds.

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