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I have seen a rat feeding in my feeding station. But it doesn’t go in if a hedgehog is feeding, it runs away scared, which is a blessing.

I don’t mind too much if the rat only has a nibble, but other than eating the food, is there are reason why it could be bad for a rat to go in? would it spread disease? is it unhealthy for the hedgehogs?

Because if it doesn’t harm them, I think I’m just gonna leave things as they are. What I don’t want is loads of them turning up. And that could be a possibility eventually. When it gets to that point, I might have to think of some genius way to deal with it, but for now, I’ll just let nature do what it does.

The slugs and snails used to really bother me, but I don’t mind them now, now that I’ve got foxes to be more worried about – that’s my main concern, trying to get rid of that problem, I have found a deterrant, which appears to be working for now, but it’s not the complete solution, as it doesn’t stop the foxes catching the hedgehogs outside of my garden.

Having a rat having a bit of a nibble, at the moment for me, feels like a minor concern in comparison to the stress I’ve got with the foxes.

Please God, don’t send me any badgers! I don’t think there is any in my area anyway, I’ve never seen a badger in my life as I don’t live in the country.