Rats: Pack Rats Nests are Nasty

A “pack rat” kind of person is a person who holds onto everything and never throws things away. The real pack rats are similar to humans, but they actually steal what people have in their homes and use what ever it is to help them build their nest. Anything from cactus, branches, toys, garbage or what ever else a pack rat can get its claws on becomes material for the nest.

Like thieves, pack rats like shiny objects. If a rat was on its way to the nest with a material and saw something shiny, the rat would drop the original object to get the shiny object and would come back for what the original object at a later time. Generally, people discover they have pack rats by the bite marks the rats leave when tearing away household possessions. Some small objects that the rat can carry completely disappear. Imagine all the random stuff a pack rat uses to build its nest!

When a pack rat builds a nest outside it’s a completely different story. Most of the items they use to make the nest come from the wilderness, including items such as animal feces. Also, many times the nest will be built with in or close to cacti. Not only do the rats use cacti for food and protection but they also use it as a home front. Here’s a perfect example of what it would look like if you have a desert landscape.

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This is a pack rat nest, made within some cacti.

The unfortunate part about having a nest on or near your home is that the nest can become home to other animals.  Kissing bugs, also known as Mexican bed bugs, can habitate the pack rat nest. The kissing bug is harmful because its bite is seriously dangerous and painful; some people say it is worse than being bitten by a scorpion. Although the kissing bug is known for shacking up in the pack rats nest, more insects are sure to follow like mice, spiders, ticks, snakes, fleas or lice. These pack rat nests are definitely a home owner’s worst nightmare, especially if they are inside the home. Not only is their nest a nasty place to live, but the pack rat spreads diseases. Read more about the diseases pack rats carry on our blog posting.

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3 Responses to “Rats: Pack Rats Nests are Nasty”

  1. Shelley says:

    I saw what looked like the makings of a pack rat nest last week at my Paradise Valley home. I went to take the seat off my electric golf cart and there it was. All over the batteries were scraps of things and lots of what looked like dried up pea pods. I freaked out! Luckily there was no rat inside, and I hope it doesn’t come back looking for it’s nest because I sent my golf cart away. I guess thats what happend when I don’t regularly check it, hopefully the rats didn’t gnaw all the wires. Pack rat damage can be costly.

  2. Shelley says:

    Well I am officially a victim of pack rats. The wires in my golf cart have been completely damaged from rats chewing on them. Learn from my mistake, frequently check your cars or toys that are kept outside. Anything that has the potential to become a nest, or even if it just has wires is at risk. Now I’m off to call an exterminator so it won’t happen again.

  3. Rick Suddes says:

    Rats chew 28.88 minutes a day on something. Their teeth grow 4 to 6 inches a years. The bite pressure in a rats jaw 24,000 psi, harder than steel. Spray down with Rataway Fragrance to protect, car engines, cables, stored food, business, homes. 25% of all attic fires are caused by rodents. Use Rataway Fragrance to remove odors and stop damage caused by rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons. No more nesting, no more chewing. Rataway Fragrance is non-toxic & non-poisonous

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