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While the term “pack rats” is commonly used to describe someone you know who accumulates excessive amounts of clothing and household items they don’t need, there is actually a species of rodent known as pack rats that can cause problems when they invade homes.
Pack rats is the common name for white-throated wood rats that are distributed in different regions of the country. While they may look cute with their furry tails, they can be a destructive presence due to their relentless chewing habit. To keep their teeth sharp, they chew on everything from wires, sprinkler pipes, hot tubs, air conditioning units, and car seats to garage equipment and even swimming pools.
A single female pack rat can produce two pups every two months and the female pup can, in turn, start reproducing in about 2 months as well. this can lead to a large population increase in a very short time. Pack rats also produce a lot of urine and feces, and your house can start smelling like a public bathroom in no time.
If you are suffering from a pack rat infestation, follow our DIY guide below, where we will share with you a little about this common rodent and how to best control it using our expert techniques and professional rodent control products.
identifying pack rates is an important step in the control process. All rodents have slightly different habits and preferences, so knowing for sure that you have a pack rat rather than a different type of rat can help you when it comes to treatment approach.
- pack rats are correctly known as wood rats. they are so named because their native habitat is forestry and brushy wilderness. these rodents are not limited to forests, as they can also survive in deserts, humid regions, and mountainous areas.
- pack rats have gray or reddish-brown fur but have legs and underparts white. they have large ears, a bushy tail that differentiates them in appearance from Norway and roof rats.
- pack rats can reach 12 to 15 inches in length when measured along with their tails.
- pack rats live primarily in burrows 3 feet high and 5 feet wide. feet in diameter. these dens are made of twigs, sticks, grass, and other debris.
Use the description and image above to help you correctly identify load rats. If you are not completely sure, contact us and we will have one of our professionals help you with the correct identification.
once you’ve identified the pack rats, you’ll need to conduct a survey to find out where they gather, where they’re active, and where they’re hiding. by doing so, you will be able to target your treatment to these specific areas for effective removal.
where to inspect
Pack rats have similar habits to a typical rat in that they invade an area looking for three simple needs: food, water, and shelter. you can find them active in your garden if you have one, and they can invade your home in winter for warmth. Look in your basement, attics, patios, and garages for these harmful rats.
what to look for
Look for proper load rates or signs of damage. some notable signs include chew marks on wires and walls. Another clear sign of activity is the fecal droppings they have left behind.
Pack Rats are known to collect many materials such as shiny objects, spoons, jewelry and any other objects that attract them and store them in their nests. if you see these items stacked in any tight corner, you may have located their nest.
Once you have observed where the pack rats are most active, you can proceed with the treatment. We recommend setting traps, either glue traps or snap traps, as well as general cleaning to overcome this pest invasion and stop its population from growing. be sure to wear the proper personal protective equipment (ppe) before handling or applying the product.
Step 1: Sanitation and Cleaning
The first and most important method of keeping pack rats away is to prioritize sanitation. keeping your home clean and disposing of trash properly will make your home less attractive to live in. dispose of trash properly and keep it sealed in airtight containers. outdoors, remove leaf litter and yard debris as much as possible.
Be sure to sweep the floors for food crumbs after every meal. try not to leave any dirty dishes overnight; rats love to feast on your leftovers. be sure to refrigerate all your leftovers and never leave them outside.
if you have a leak under the sink or anywhere in the house, fix it. rats want continuous access to water and if denied, they will want to migrate. Tidy up the clutter by recycling your old newspapers, cardboard boxes and other boxes on a regular basis. rats love to burrow in these cozy areas.
step 2: place traps
Like all other rodents, pack rats can be easily caught in traps. We recommend using both snap traps such as easy-set rat/mouse solutions and sticky traps such as sticky tray solutions to increase the likelihood that the pack rat will be captured.
catch is a better option than rodenticide baits because pack rats tend to muddle on blocks rather than eat them, making effective control take longer than desired.
To make sure your quick trap treatment is effective, what you’ll need to do is what we call “pre-baiting.” this means that we place baited traps without placing them. this is done because rats tend to avoid new or unfamiliar objects.
By baiting the trap without setting it, rats become comfortable with the trap and their food source. this also allows us to monitor the trap if they are taking the bait so we know the location of the trap is in a good place.
Be sure to place the traps in places where children and pets cannot get to them and where rats have been most active. place the traps around your kitchen and attic. outdoors, place them around the edges of your house. leave the bait in the traps at night to see the results in the morning.
pro solutions glue trays are poison free and have a peanut butter scent, which will attract rodents to the trap. adhesive plates are an easy-to-use product. take them out of the packaging, separate them and place them strategically in the corners of the attic or other areas where you have noticed rat activity.
Most homes may need about 12 of each trap for effective pack rat invasion control. be sure to set traps 5 to 10 feet apart whenever you’ve observed pack rat hot spots.
Once you’ve eliminated a pack rat infestation, you’ll want to ensure they don’t return with preventative measures and exclusion. Pack rats are tiny creatures and can squeeze their way through any doorway, no matter how small.
- Pull out the caulking and seal any cracks and holes you find.
- Seal any entrances where these pests might be getting in. make sure all openings, such as electrical wires, drain pipes, water pipes, and vents, are sealed. look for attic vents and seal them.
- a useful tool when performing exclusion is filled copper mesh. rats can chew through many materials, but they cannot chew copper. This product will ensure that even if rats successfully remove your caulking, they will not be able to enter your home. after putting copper mesh in the holes, seal them with putty.
- pack rats are climbers and chewers, so they will use any entrance they find in your house. If your doors and windows don’t close properly, fix them. if you see any holes around the foundation of your house, fix those too.
what are load rates?
- Pack rats are wood rats that commonly invade homes in the winter for warmth and can cause a lot of damage and destruction with their relentless chewing habits.
how to get rid of pack rats
- to eliminate pack rats, trapping is the best method of control.
- use solutions pro glue trays and easy set rat/mouse traps and place around your property at 5 to 10 foot intervals.
prevention of reinfestation of rat packs
- Prevent future pack rat infestations with exclusion measures, such as placing reinforced copper mesh at openings and entry points.