Hello! So I went out tonight to feed my hens before it got pitch black (it was already dark but not too bad) and we had a visitor. I found a RAT in there! Not what I wanted to see at all. We have had encounters with mice before but now it seems like we have rats. Here are my encounters with rats: In the summer when at dinner there was one on the roof A dead one in my coop which my rooster killed A dead one about 8" on the other side of the fence A rat on the outside of my coop climbing up The rat inside of my coop This wasn't as bad when we still had cats around to kill them. What will help get rid of them? I am planning to clean up the area around the coop and pick up the loose food on the ground. Are rats sensitive to peppermint like mice are? Should we get rat traps and place them near the coop? Any good rat trap without poison so the cats near us don't get killed? What about getting cats to help with them? At least get the smaller, younger rats. So to sum this up, I am going to list them so it is easier on the eyes: Would planting peppermint be useful? What are good rat traps with and without poison? Could we get cats for the smaller and younger rats?