Yes, the bird seed and also dog food if you leave it outside. Food is food. Also the scraps you left in the garden...oh chuck that as it is too small. They eat vegetables, like tomatoes, potatoes, (not Kale) cucumber,corn, whatever you left in your garden...that is food as rats eat in SMALL BITES. Own a cat. That spends half of its time outdoors. Rats disappear. Feed the cat indoors only. Rats do not go to places that have NO Food.