Who’s Invaded My Landscaping?
Mr. Pack rat in the Urban Desert
This little critter can be a real troublemaker when he finds his way into your desert landscaping. Not only does he make a home in your cactus and bring in shiny and fun trash to furnish his new home, buy viagra pilule he may also decide that your car engine would be a great place to hang out. When he does this, viagra buy he’s likely to use your engine’s wiring as a chew toy. And, that could cost you a lot of money.
When I was 16, we moved to Tucson from California, we had a Pontiac Grand Prix that sat for a while in front of our house. This is exactly what we found when we finally tried to start it. A pack rat had moved in and made a home in the Grand Prix’s engine. This would become my car and I wasn’t too happy about him making his home there. Needless to say, this kind of damage can happen fairly quickly.
How do you know that you have pack rats other than opening your car hood and finding a nest? Here are some clues:
- There is a pile of debris in the center of your pickly pear cactus or cholla.
- Your prickly pear cactus pads are chewed off and moved to a new location.
- There are leaks in your drip irrigation line that have chew marks in them.
- You have an owl who has taken up residence in your mesquite tree and comes by daily waiting for lunch. He’s looking for your resident pack rat.
So, what do you do when you figure out you have pack rats?
The first thing to do is to clean out the pack rat nest. This will cause your tenant pack rat to high tail it and look for another place to live. If you have the unfortunate luck of having many pack rat neighbors in your landscaping you might want to call a professional to trap the little rascals and to clean up their mess.
Keep in mind that if you evict the pack rats without removing the nests, often you will have snakes move into the vacated nests. This is just as bad if not worse than dealing with your pack rat neighbor.
The best way to prevent Mr. Pack rat from moving in…it’s to keep your landscaping from getting overgrown and providing nesting areas for him. A clean maintained landscape helps keep him and other unwanted critters away.