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How to Get Rid of Pack Rats

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Pack rats are common in hot and humid places like Arizona. Their actual name is White-throated Wood Rats (Neotoma albigula). They are as cute as pet rats and they don’t bite. But they chew, as much as possible to keep their teeth sharp. They chew on everything -- from cable wiring, irrigation tube, hot tubs, air conditioning units, and car seats to garage and even swimming pool equipment.

One female can produce two babies every two months and the female baby can start reproducing in about 2 months as well. That’s a big increase in population in a very short time. Pack rats also crank out a lot of urine and fecal pellets and your home can start smelling like a public restroom in no time.

Identify Pack Rats

Pack rats are about 10 to 12 inches long and they are found in humid temperatures of the southern states. They are a common pest in Arizona. They are grey in color with a white underside and will enter homes in winter to have their offspring. They usually feed on leafy plants and cactuses to survive but they chew everything to keep their teeth sharp.

The first and foremost method to keep these rats away is making sanitation a priority. Keeping your home clean and disposing trash off properly will keep them away. Make sure you tie the trash bag tightly and throw it far away from your home.

Make sure you sweep the floors to clean away food crumbs after every meal. Try not to leave any dirty dishes overnight; rats love to feast on your leftover. Make sure to refrigerate all your leftovers and never leave it in the open.

If you have any leaks under the sink or anywhere in the house, fix them. Rats want continuous access to water and if they are denied, they will want to migrate. Keep recycling your old newspapers, cardboard boxes and other boxes on a regular basis. Rats love to burrow in these cozy areas.

Seal all Entries

If your home or building has been infested by rats, the first step is to exclude them. Seal all entries from where these pests may be entering. Make sure all openings like the electric wires, drain spouts, water pipes and vents are sealed. Look for vents in the attic and seal them shut.

These rats are climbers and nibblers, so they will use any entry they find into your home. If your doors and windows do not shut properly, get them fixed. If you see any holes around the foundation of your home, get that fixed too.

Pack rats are tiny little creatures and they can crack their way in from any entry, no matter how small. Get out your caulk and seal all cracks and holes no matter how small. Use cement patches for bigger holes like around the pipelines.

Use a Trap

Using a trap is very common for catching a rat. Like all other rodents, pack rats can also be caught easily with traps. Pack rats are especially brave around new objects present in their environment. You can use a simple rat snap for maximum effectiveness. Any bait can be used to lure them in like nuts, oatmeal, meats, raisins and prunes.

Be sure to set the traps in places where kids and pets can’t reach. Place the traps around your kitchen and attic. Make sure to look for places where you feel rats visit most. Place them around the edges of your home. Leave the bait on the traps at night time to see some results in the morning.

There are different types of rat snaps you can find in stores. Get ones you feel will be most effective. Trapping and catching them live is the best method of getting rid of them from your home.

Poisoning

The Eratication rodent bait is perfect to kill mice and rats as they come in food scented formulas that trick the mice/rats into thinking its food but it’s actually slow poison. It is peanut butter flavored and has a scent that will definitely lure coming until they are eradicated. Make sure to place all bait in a safe station to keep all pets and children safe and away from the bait. The Aegis Rp stations will do the trick  in keeping everyone safe while eliminating the rodents.

 

 

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