We have had Rats in the ceiling! Couldn't catch them, so decided to poison them. One took the bait, but died between the ceiling and the top floor of the house - in a place we could not reach! The decomposing rat smell has been a feature of our place for the last month or so. This is a tribute to our Rat.
I don't like killing creatures.
At one point this rat was part of a 'shrine' to the memory of the rat... surrounded in daffodils and other bits and pieces on our hearth-as we encouraged the rat on its way... where do rat spirits go?