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Posted: 03/25/12 03:13pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

northtoalaska wrote:

No I am not kidding. Are you a jerk to say that?


The term "Pack Rat" has many different meanings. I just had to google the term to see if it was a real rodent or not. I am sure the other poster was not trying to be a jerk by questioning your post. Good luck with your cleanup.


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He refered to them as my kids. Anyway, thanks to all who tried to help. THE END

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Check all of your heating and cooling ducts as rodents will strip the canvas type material off of them too. Check all areas at floor level that are not readily accessible such as thru a door of some kind. Some of these places you will need a light and a mirror to see into them.Like under the shower/bath pan.These unwanted guests will pack remote less accessible areas with all manner of junk from gum wrappers to plastic spoons..

It sounds to me that you may have picked these rodents up at another location and they travelled with you to your present stop.

I say that because they usually don't do what you have described overnight.
Regardless of the type of unit you have you must find and secure every opening,slit,crack,space etc of anykind. Use steel wool and chink up every opening you can find. Rodents will not attack steel wool. Keep setting traps of various types. I know the sticky/gummy types work great especially with a light smear of peanut butter in the center.


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Horrible, have you left that location yet? Maybe you're close to their den? Would like to know what you do to get rid of them. Good luck.


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Put out the D-Con where you can, the more places the better.
I found they were coming up the heat duct from the enclosed area under the floor to the furnace. The end of the duct was open, I put mesh wire over that end of the duct and it seems to help.

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I have stayed in Q on BLM and never heard or seen any pack rats.Maybe I was just lucky.


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Old fashion spring traps work the best,use peanut butter for bait.I feel for you,been there done that. Another name here in the desert is Wood Rats.A rat is a rat,kill them suckers. I'd move and relocate for sure.


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I agree with all the suggestions to seal up every possible entry point - prevention is always the best option. While D-Con does a great job, a rodent can eat it then go off into some hidden place to die and you won't know it until the smell drives you out of you rig!!! Spring traps are the best way to get rid of them inside!
Good luck, hope by now you have solved the problem!

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I never had them come to camp at the Q but have found nests out there while walking around-the nests can be very interesting as they grab weird-shiny type stuff and drag it there. Hope everything works out OK

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I have had mice problems. I, now, never put anything out anything to attract them, including Decon. Do not bait them, unless, you already have them setting up housekeeping in your rig. Then use the peanut butter and trap.
The best thing I have found to keep them out is to put moth balls around the tires and jacks. It works for rodents and snakes. I have not had any problem since. When I move, I pick up the moth balls with a glove to keep the smell off my hands. Then at my next spot I put them out again or add to them from a new box.
Good luck!

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