I'm seeking advice on a rat and mouse problem I've been having. My coop is currently littered with droppings, which are a nightmare to clean up. Children periodically enter my coop, I have other pets, and I myself DO NOT want to deal with any rat or mouse related diseases. Recently, they have even found their way into my nest box, which is an even larger problem then having them scurrying around on the shelves. My feeder and waterer are both hanging 6 inches above the ground, thus they have not been polluted yet, and all of my chicken-related items and food are in metal trash cans, which have also stayed safe this far. I don't know WHY they are entering my coop, as there seems to be no food sources in there. Could they just smell the food? I have looked around for any possible entryways multiple times, but found none. The whole coop is guarded with 1/4 inch hardware cloth, which is SECURELY stapled to the coop's wooden planks. I have tried an electric mouse/rat trap, which broke and barely did anything at all. It caught a few rats, but since it only killed one at a time it had no effect. I have tried putting peppermint oil in the coop both on cotton balls and even DIRECTLY onto the wood with no success. The most recent thing I've done is purchase Fresh Cab packets and put one on the shelves and one in my nest box. I did that today, so I guess I'll see how it goes.... I'm doubtful because my coop is very drafty..... Anyone have any advice? Has anyone successfully demolished this problem before? Are rats and mice a "given" if you have chickens? Is there a trap out there that can catch multiple rats/mice at a time? Would it help to put mouse/rat tape around the coop? I cannot use poisons where I live, unless they are "natural."