Prevent Pack Rats From Invading Your Surprise Home

12/23/2021

An estimated 1,500 different species of rodents exist worldwide today, making them the largest order of mammals. Some examples include rats, mice, gophers, and squirrels that are found in a variety of sizes and colors. One of the common characteristics shared by rodents is continuously growing from incisors, which are sharp teeth used to gnaw on materials.

Here in the Arizona desert, one of the most common rodents that infiltrate properties is pack rats. Often referred to as woodrats or trade rats, the pack rat is found in deserts, forests, and rocky mountainous areas. Pack rats typically weigh around eight ounces and have roughly an eight-inch-long body with a tail that ranges from three to eight inches. 

Pack rats are furry creatures appearing in shades of grey or brown, typically have a white-colored underbelly and large ears. The pack rat is not dependent on water sources, sustaining itself through the small amounts of water contained in the food they eat. Their behavior is similar to roof rats, and they commonly invade attics where they gather insulation and other types of material to create nests and maybe heard rummaging at night. 

close up of pack rat

The Problems That These Pests Can Cause 

It is highly unlikely that these pests will bite or demonstrate any aggressiveness toward humans. However, pack rats often carry parasites, contaminate food and surfaces with their feces and urine, and spread leptospirosis, tularemia, and other diseases. 

Pack rats also may create costly property damage by chewing through wiring, drywall, and similar materials. In recent years, pack rats have increasingly been discovered entering the engine compartment of cars and creating expensive damage to wiring and components. Because the females can have multiple litters of offspring each year, infestations may quickly expand. 

How Can I Prevent Pack Rats?

Some of the best prevention strategies include: 

  • Promptly repair any entry points such as through openings near roofs, foundations, or damaged home siding. 

  • Adhere to excellent cleaning habits by regularly sweeping up crumbs, placing leftovers in sealed containers, and removing bowls of uneaten pet food. 

  • Trash bags containing food scraps should be placed in a receptacle with a functional lid.

  • Clean and maintain exterior trash areas and move bird feeders away from the structure.

The Importance Of Seeking Assistance From A Pest Control Professional

Some local Surprise property owners fail to detect the early signs that indicate a possible rodent problem. Others will underestimate the ability of these pests to establish nesting sites and reproduce exponentially in a matter of only several weeks. 

Retailers in the area promote many different do-it-yourself rodent treatment options, including repellant formulas, baiting stations, and gimmicky ultra-sonic noise generating devices. Unfortunately, these products are more preventative and may prove ineffective against existing hordes of rodents that are already deeply rooted in hard-to-reach indoor areas. 

At Green Home Pest Control, we provide comprehensive solutions for those faced with rodents that use a systematic approach. This may involve rodent trapping, making modifications to ensure exclusion, and post-infestation sanitary services to remove contamination from rodent excrement. 

Experienced Provider Of Pest Control Solutions In Surprise 

Green Home Pest Control is a local, family-owned organization that is well established in this community.  We have spent many years delivering positive outcomes for property owners that are struggling with ants, scorpions, stinging insects, and many other unwanted pests that may create health risks and damage property. 

As a truly “green” company, our commitment to eco-friendly operations is among our top priorities, which is evident in our use of products derived from botanical and organic sources. We remain active both locally and nationally and attend industry events and participate in educational programs guided by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and other advocates for improvement and safety. 

To schedule an onsite inspection, contact our office today. Keep in mind that our team is often available for same-day and emergency response services for those with immediate concerns.

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