Neighbor's bird feeders and rat issues
The guy two doors down has installed bird feeders, and now I am seeing rats strolling across the intervening yard to their burrow under our front porch. I imagine birds are knocking seeds off the feeders and feeding the rats. At the same time, we are enjoying the increase in birds.
I'm about to embark on rat-proofing the porch and any other access points. My experience with rats, however, is that they will find someplace else to live, whereas we want them gone. There are bird-feeder attachments that can reduce the spillage issue but require more feeder cleaning. We want to ask the neighbor to deal with the issue, but he is not a very friendly guy and has demonstrated a lack of concern for his neighbors over other issues.
And any suggestions about how to get the rats out from under our house before rat-proofing? Otherwise I imagine they will die under our house from hunger and thirst.