Follow these guidelines to keep rats and other unwanted critters away.
Do not leave any food outside and do not place your garbage out early.
Put outdoor garbage bags in metal garbage cans with securely fitted lids to stop critters from feeding on contents.
Clean around the house – less clutter means fewer places to hide.
Clean up pet food and bird seed debris.
Keep gardens free from debris and keep clutter to a minimum.
If you have a compost heap don’t include organic food waste as that will attract rats and critters.