Preventative Pest Control: 7 Signs to Identify Pack Rats AZ

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Some people may think that rats are cute, harmless little furry creatures that scurry around from time to time. Some may even think they would make a great pet. Patriot Pest & Termite Control would like to thoroughly warn you of the dangers of the pack rats found in Northern Arizona.

Opposed to the common roof rats in AZ, pack rats are more susceptible in the Quad City area. Here are 7 ways to determine if your property has fallen prey to these squatters.

First off, do not be fooled by the appearance of pack rats. Their looks deceive! They bring the risk of disease to your family and destruction to your home.  We will explore this more but first, let’s get you up to speed on how to spot a pack rat infestation.

Signs to Identify these Northern Arizona Rodents on Your Property

1. You see a rat

To identify the common pack rat in AZ, you will look for a rodent about the size of 12-16”, with a body that is 7-8” long and a tail length making up the difference. If you see a single rat, whether alive or dead, it is a good idea to investigate further, either with a pest control pro or if you’re brave enough. The reason being, rats multiply so fast. If you spot one, there may be a family of a dozen or more nearby.

Pack rats tend to live alone unless they are mating or have had a family. In the northern region of Arizona, the pack rat prefers to make their nests in the ground, or in the hood of cars. They like rocky crevices as well.

They may have more than one nest on your property as well. As their name suggests, they like to store various items in different locations.  They may also seek shelter in attics of homes and buildings. Keep an eye out in and around your shed, wood stacks or other piles of debris. If you see a nest, this is also a telltale sign of a rat. It is best to inspect the entire property, attic to perimeter. 

2. You find pellet droppings

Whether these are fresh or old, play it safe and inspect the area. A side note, with pack rats, they pose threat on the health of humans, especially through their urine and feces with disease-causing bacteria. They are also a big contributor to allergic reactions.

3. Damage to electrical wires and plastic coverings

Pack rats in Arizona like to gnaw and plastic casings seem to be pleasing to their gnawing habit. They may even gnaw right through the wiring in your home or in your car. If you’re experiencing electrical issues, a pack rat may be to blame.

4. Chewed wood on your property or in your home

Rats love vegetation and like to chew on wood. They will chew on anything because this helps to file their continuously growing teeth. They like green wood and twigs, as well as cabinetry and the wood structure of buildings, such as inside the walls or in the attic. Chewed wood can be a be a sign of a pack rat infestation.

5. You hear sounds from the attic and in the walls

Scraping and scampering inside the structure of your home tells you that you have unwelcomed guests staying with you.  They are also quite vocal, you may also hear squeaks, or, if the rat is scared or in pain, they are capable of making much louder noises and hissing sounds.

6. Footprints in and around the home

You may notice new track marks in and around your home in the dirt. Inside the house pack rats like to travel on the perimeter, under cabinets and around the baseboards. Take a peak to see if there are new patterns in any dust that is left on these areas.

7. Trust your pet’s instincts

If your pet has been having some odd behavior lately, it may not hurt to have a look around. You pet is keyed into the animal world with keen sense of smell and hearing. Don’t be too quick to dismiss their unusual antics.

Preventative Pest Control for Pack Rats in the Quad City Area

Rats are pretty sly, they only need about a quarter-size hole to gain access into your home.  They also travel down through pipes in the roof. Since they love to gnaw, they will also destroy the structure of the building to gain access.

Their diet consists of spiny cactus, yucca pods, bark, berries, pinyon nuts, seeds and any available green vegetation.

They are also attracted to water resources which could be a bird bath, a water spicket, pet water bowls, the drip from an A/C unit, etc. They will also gnaw on the wring systems for irrigation and A/C units, or other wiring in and around the home and cars.

Because cactus is part of their diet, any ornamental cactus on the landscape is also an other attraction for pack rats.

Take a look around your home to see if you may be attracting these rodents to your property.

Next, seal up any possible entry points where a rat may be tempted to enter. Caulk is a good sealer to use. Use screen or mesh to block rats from entering in through the chimney or roof pipes, as discussed in this article. For other pest prevention tips review this article on how to further prevent other Arizona rodents from entering your home.

Who to Call if You Need a Rat Exterminator

Patriot Pest Control is the best in the Prescott area to help eliminate your pack rat and other Arizona rodent problem. They use safe and environmentally friendly pest control to protect family and pets from toxic chemicals, as well as other creatures in the environment.

Patriot Pest and Termite Control are qualified licensed and insured preventative pest control professionals with over 25 years of experience.

Give them a call to protect your home of disease-carrying rodents today.

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