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IDENTIFYING PACK RATS

Pack Rat Facts

⦁ There are eight species of pack rats found across North America, also known as woodrats.
⦁ Whitethroat, Southern plains, bushy tail, desert, Mexican, Eastern, Stephens', and dusky-footed woodrats all have different territories, looks, and diets based on their location.
⦁ These rodents are named pack rat after their tendency to hoard items such as wires, jewelry, trash, and utensils
⦁ They are also commonly known as trade rats because some species leave an item such as a pinecone behind in place of what they are taking
⦁ Pack rats can be in their nest for long periods of time

Appearance

⦁ Pack rats are similar in size and color to Norway rats, but have hairy tails, fine fur coats, and large ears.
⦁ Their fur varies from brown to gray in color.
⦁ Some species are colored uniformly while others have lighter underbellies or differently colored feet.
⦁ The average pack rat ranges between 12–18 inches long.

Habitat

⦁ North American species of pack rats live in different sections of the region.
⦁ Eastern and whitethroat woodrats can be found through Northern Mexico, the Southeastern United States, and as far north as Pennsylvania.
⦁ Southern plains and bushytail species are found in Western Canada, the Northwestern United States, and in parts of Texas.
⦁ Mexican and desert woodrats live primarily in Mexico but can also be found in California, Nevada, and New Mexico, as well.
⦁ The dusky-footed and Stephens' pack rats live in parts of California.
⦁ Pack rats can live at various altitudes and survive in numerous different climates.
⦁ They often builds their homes out of shredded plant material found in their immediate surroundings
⦁ Common habitats for the Pack rat include semi-arid brushland, mountain ranges, low valleys, plains, shallow caves, and forests.

SIGNS OF PACK RATS

Entry

Are pack rats known to enter homes or yards?

⦁ Although Pack rats don't typically hibernate in winter, they will often seek adequate shelter on your property in places such as small structures, sheds, and vehicles.

⦁ These rodents are not commonly found in yards as their food source is more readily available in the wild
⦁ Human and woodrat interaction is not often a problem as these creatures avoid homes.

Hazards

Are pack rats a risk to people or property?
 
⦁ Regardless of their small size and limited interaction with humans, woodrats can be dangerous to property and health.
⦁ Some species take bark off fruit trees which can cause a problem for farmers and agricultural communities.
⦁ They also often carry diseases such as the plague and can be infested with pests like fleas, ticks, roundworms, and botflies.
⦁ Pack rats often shred furniture in search of nest materials and gnaw on electrical wires when they take up residence in scarcely-used vehicles.

PACK RAT CONTROL

Control and Pack Rat Safety

⦁ Preventing a pack rat infestation is very similar to methods used for Norway and roof rats.
⦁ It is of utmost importance to keep the area sanitary and regularly vacuumed.
⦁ Clutter should be properly disposed of to discourage hiding places for rodents.
⦁ Any possible openings should be sealed 
⦁ Keep any shrubbery in yards well-maintained to cut down on possible nesting places.

Trapping and Pack Rat Removal

Since they carry diseases and are wild animals, pack rats should never be handled by untrained individuals. If there is a woodrat infestation, professionals should be called to deal with the problem. Critter Control technicians have the tools necessary to trap the rodents safely and humanely.
We can help you get rid of pack rat problems.  Call Critter Control of New Mexico today for pack rat help!