Tucson Pack Rat Removal & Control
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 household pests 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.
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 desirable 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 two 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.
After the program successfully eliminates your pack rat problem. We will provide a bid to clean and trim up the landscape and surrounding desert areas. This will deter rats from approaching your house as they will no longer feel comfortable doing so. The idea behind this is a rat can not see very well, so they rely on objects brushing up against their whiskers and body as they move. This is exhibited when a rodent runs along a wall. As your landscape will now be trimmed up and cleared the rat will prefer not to try and run in the open to your house.