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Pack rats are also known as woodrat. They are species of rodent genus Neotoma. Pack rats have a rat-like appearance with long tails, large ears and large black eyes. Woodrats are found in the deserts of the western United States and northern Mexico. They build complex houses or dens made of twigs, cactus joints, and other materials.
They have the tendency to pack away small objects such as jewelry, utensils, can tabs, and other items. They have a peculiar characteristic that if they find something they want; they will drop what they are currently carrying and “trade” it for the new item. They are fond of shiny objects.
Pack rats damage and destroy landscaping.They can also chew through wiring and spoil food.
They also shred upholstered furniture and mattresses for lining nests. They seek to nest in cars, A/C units and pool equipment and will chew through wiring resulting in thousands of dollars of damage.
They generally eat green vegetation including grass, leaves, fruit, nuts, small bulbs, dry seeds and fungi. They also get attracted to human food supplies in buildings. They even cause damage to fruit trees, seedlings and saplings by clipping small twigs and branches and debarking may also occur.
In United States pack rats chewed the wiring of the car which cost $2300 dollars to fix it.
News is reported in “The Press- Enterprise” shows destruction made by pack rats.
Pack rat conditions contributed to a Bloomington house fire that killed a pet dog and caused $90,000 damage, say San Bernardino County Fire Department officials.
The blaze was reported at 8:46 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, along the 18400 block of San Bernardino Avenue.
Crews knocked down the flames in about 30 minutes, but the street was closed between Linden and Locust Avenues for about two hours.
A locked gate, intense heat, heavy smoke and pack rat conditions hampered fire fighters, department spokesman Chris Prater said in a written statement. A ladder truck crew cut holes in the roof to remote the super-heated gasses and smoke.
No one was home at the time of the fire. The cause wasn’t immediately determined.
Many methods are used to control Pack rats menace like repellents,trapping, toxicants, and Ultrasonic treatment devices. All the methods have been proved completely ineffective to overcome the pack rats problem. Chemical used as repellents are ineffective to repel and are harmful to human beings as they are toxic.Aftersome time rats get immune to these conventional chemicals.
Rodrepel™ is the best sound solution to the problem. Rodrepel™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous and environment friendly aversive, it does not leach out of the polymeric matrix and has a life span upto 5-40 years depending upon the application.
It can be incorporated in wire and cable during processing time itself.