We live in the city and have a roughly 10' by 10' grass/dirt area. Rats are living/nesting in it and there are burrows everywhere. How can I redo the area in such a way that it's rat proof? I'm really trying to avoid cementing/paving it or filling it complete with stones/gravel.
Has anyone used http://www.wildlifecontrolsupplies.com/animal/XG900.html? It sounds promising, though expensive. I'm thinking about trying just that.
My other idea was to dig out about 18" and dump about 12" of stone and then put just 6" or so of dirt on the top for the grass.
Or I could do a combo. Stone, then Xcluder Geo frabic and then dirt.
I'm looking for feedback on the above ideas and other ideas. Cost and time to implement are definitely a concern, but most importantly I want something that works well and permanently. I might do it myself, but am open to hiring someone if I can find the right company for the job.
Note that we're in the city, a restaurant is nearby, and there are neighbors with rat problems too. I know that I can't solve all these problems, but I think I can at least prevent them from living in our yard. We have two kids and I'd like them to be able to play out there safely (no fear of rats jumping out of the ground, which has happened to me multiple times when digging).