Yep....shoot the dang things. I have never been one to enjoy killing anything and for years, before I kept chickens, I fed the wild birds. Still do. These furry tailed rats must have eaten tons of bird seed over the years and I just tried to outsmart them with squirrel proof feeders, baffles, etc... Well after I started keeping chickens, the squirrels decided that if they couldn't raid the wild bird feeders, they would raid the chicken feeders! So, in keeping with my compassionate ways, I used poultry netting over the chicken yard in attempt to keep these rats out of the feed. It did not work. Well, this was the end of my compassion. I baited up trays of chicken feed, their food of choice, all over the yard. (chickens kept penned up). Got the 22 rifle in hand and watched and waited. In a few days, I had blasted 5 squirrels to kingdom come! And like anther poster said here previously, I thought I would feel badly. But I actually felt good about it. My girls were being terrorized by these crazed rats and it was finally over. To this day, when I see a bushy tailed rat getting too familiar with this yard, the gun comes out, gets in the sights and whammo! Dead rats. And I am a girl!!