So for the last month we have seen rats running up and down out back fence. I'm in suburbs. Well yesterday my neighbor came over to talk to me about them since they are now in his garage. They now are running across my patio and leaving their dropping on the grill. What is safe to use outside? In one hand I know they will be around and I'm not too bothered by that because my coops is safe but now it seems to be getting out of hand and I know they carry stuff and I don't want them in my attic and whatnot. I don't really want to do poison since I know they are food for other animals. So I guess that leaves me with trapping? I'm not going to live trap them either since I know they will come back. There is no food left out over night and my dogs clean up any little piece of food the ducks don't eat.