March 2012, WBFI Headquarters received an inquiry from a member company asking for information on how to manage rat attraction to wild bird feeding stations in order to address a county prohibition of wild bird feeding. Headquarters contacted our network of scientific and academic advisors and received information to help you address this issue with your customers and the public.
The bottom line: Seeds alone (and any dry material) cannot attract rats if rats are not currently in the neighborhood.
If there are rats in the area, they are there for another food source, like garbage that's not managed properly, pet waste, outdoor pet food bowls, human-made habitat opportunities like firewood stacks or brush piles, fruit or nut trees, and standing sources of water.
Here is a short information article from the WBFI that you can use to support your discussion of this topic. Unfortunately, this is being brought up more and more frequently.
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6 Steps to turn your yard into a Sanctuary for Birds:
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