7 Effective Ways to Prevent Pack Rats
Pack Rats Are Like Little Gymnast and Houdini’s
Pack Rats, mice, and rats invade an estimated 21 million U.S. homes every year, especially during the monsoon season.
They are looking for shelter and food and they only need an opening the size of dime to squeeze in. Rodents are good jumpers, climbers and swimmers. In fact, a mouse can jump a foot into the air, making it easy to get into kitchen counters and pantries.
The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to make sure your house doesn’t wind up in that group. Let’s talk about how to prevent rodents from infesting your home.
Prevent Pack Rats in Your Home, in Your Car, in Your Yard
12 Rat Myths You Should Stop Believing
There are a lot of natural pack rat control remedies, products, and myths on ways to prevent pack rats. None of these solutions have held up to true scientific testing. Here are 12 myths that we have heard of:
- Gum: Pack rats will not eat the gum, choke and die.
- Mini-strobe Lights: Pack rats adapt. A light in an enclosed area is still a safe enclosed area and the rat will just ignore the light after a short time.
- Moth balls: They are hazardous to human health and the EPA legally prohibits using mothballs for anything other than their intended purpose.
- Ultrasonic Repeller: Too bad these devices have never been proven to actually work. Rats will nest near and even on top of ultrasonic devices.
- Commercial repellent sprays: Pack rats ignore them.
- Potato flakes: Pack rats will not actually eat the flakes, swell up and die.
- Ivory or Irish Spring soap: The smell does not bother pack rats and if they eat the soap it will not harm them.
- Dryer sheets: The smell does not bother pack rats.
- Predator urine: (bob cat, wolf, cougar, human or otherwise) The smell does not bother pack rats.
- Pepper/chili powder: Pack rats love chili seeds and the powder does not bother them.
- Poison Bait: Poisons take 5-10 days to work, which leaves them plenty of time to do damage.
- Soda: Caffeine and carbonation are not good for pack rats, but they would have to drink a full can of soda to have any serious consequences.
Damage caused by Pack Rats
Unfortunately, the hoarding and indiscriminate chewing instincts of pack rats can be quite destructive. Not only do pack rats, or woodrats, damage and destroy landscaping, they notorious for chewing through electrical wiring and according to some estimates, as much as 25% of house fires of unknown causes are attributed to rodents. Pack rats may also shred upholstered furniture and mattresses for lining nests. Pack rats seek opportunities to nest in cars, A/C units and pool equipment and will chew through wiring creating thousands of dollars of damage. They may take up residence in parked vehicles, gnawing on wires and other mechanical components.
One Arizona resident learned this when he parked his car under a shady Mesquite tree for a few weeks. When he opened the hood of the car, he found the engine compartment filled to the brim with mesquite pods with many of the wires chewed through. Getting that pack rat infested car running again was not cheap!
AC units and pool equipment can also be targets. Pack rats can cause thousands of dollars of damage in only one night.
FOR PACK CONTROL
Leave the home remedies and take care of your pack rat problem permanently. Conquistador Pest & Termite is the top choice for pack rat control and pack rat nest removal in Tucson because our licensed staff of technicians. Our experience and attention to detail will even prevent pack rats from coming back in the future.
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