Lucylastic wrote:I prefer not to kill them, I just want them to stop stealing the birds' food and lay off the gnawing. They can do what they want in their own garden.
You can use humane traps, I have a few here, but, you then have to get rid of them after. There’s your problem plus, you have to stop them coming in as well at the same time. Your friends are not just going to leave. Act now before they disperse around your whole estate. I prescribe rentokil or an experienced pest control officer, your local authority will have a team available , in order to nip this in the bud as quickly as possible.