Sometimes, it is best to avoid discussing certain subjects, however this isn’t one of those times.
Let’s be honest here, folks never have (and never will) want to discuss rats. It’s not nice to talk about them in refined company.
Seriously, people will give you a funny look when you mention wharf rats.
Growing up, we called ’em “wolf rats” cause they were big, mean and usually ran in packs.
Old homes have always been surrounded by plunder houses, garages, cow barns, buggy sheds and chicken coops.