Listen to Gecko Pest owner Bret Holland discuss the dangers of Pack Rats and how to stop them
Although termites are believed to be the #1 cause of damage to our homes, it is the pack rat that is the real king when it comes to causing damage to our property. Where it will take years for termites to cause damage enough to need repair, pack rats can rack up thousands of dollars in damage in a single night to our vehicle wiring, A/C unit wiring, pool equipment etc. not to mention the health hazards caused by their fecal material, urine and parasites that live in their nests.
Gecko Pest Management has a "non poison", safe and effective 4 step program that sets you up for success when it comes to pack rat elimination service. We believe following our pack rat service protocols you can have a home fully protected from pack rats and their damage. With our exclusive Infrared technology a Gecko inspector can even see into the walls and ceilings to locate hidden nests and find their entry points and travel paths in the walls and ceiling should you have a suspected rodent intruder.
Step 1. Inspection of the home, yard and adjacent landscape / desert is performed and documented to provide the client and Gecko with a map to further serve as a guide to set up other protocols in the program.
Step 2. An aggressive daily trapping campaign begins and lasts for the first 1-2 weeks prior to the nest removal. If this important step is skipped, the pack rats start to build their nests back as soon as we finish removing them and displaced packrats will be looking for an emergency shelter that is usually a less desireable place than the original nest. We use live trapping methods so we can set free non target animals that my have been caught like quail, ground squirrels and others.
Step 3. The nests discovered during the inspection period are then removed and the debris is taken to a dump site. Often this process involves trimming back over grown plantings that provide the perfect habitat for pack rats.
Step 4. Once the nests are removed, the sites are then treated in a three step process. 1. The nests are treated for other desert pests and parasites like scorpions and kissing bugs that are known to infest these areas. 2. Then the sites are "sanitized" to destroy bacteria, and infectious pathogens. 3. Then a repellent is placed into the site to repel other pack rats from wanting to reclaim an area previously occupied by a rival.
Once these steps have been completed, an ongoing maintenance program can then begin. The removed nest sites are monitored by our technician during his periodic visits. If it appears as though a site is being reconstructed we will trap the new invader, disrupt the new construction of the nest, treat with enzyme to remove urine and bacteria (urine is an attractant for other pack rats) and repellent is incorporated back into the site. Ongoing maintenance / trapping is continued on a periodic basis to keep populations down for 6 months.
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