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Old 04-24-2019, 07:17 PM   #51
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We camped at Gilbert Ray, and at Organ Pipe National Monument we camped 10 feet away from a packrat nest. At the advice of well seasoned Arizona resident, who is a star gazer, we used three bars of Irish Spring soap in the engine compartment, a bar at each wheel, and Gain dryer sheets were also wrapped around the vulnerable wiring in the engine compartment. It's quite odoriferous to say the least. While I saw the packrat come and go at Organ Pipe our pickup was left alone. There is no need for obnoxious rope lights.

One camper just used bright motion lights underneath his camper and said they worked quite well. We now have a set of those also and find they double as lights when we walk to our camper. They rarely turn on, and underneath the truck aren't that obnoxious, but turn off after motion is undetected for 20 seconds. We have about 1/10 the false turn-ons from these lights vs the home motion puc lights we were using.

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We camp in the southwest a lot and usually in the winter. We put a harbor freight solar powered rope light under the hood and close down the hood. We do it to discourage the packrats. Our lights are keyed to flash, but since they are under the hood they don't bother o u r neighbors. We have not had damage from the little rascals, but have talked to people that have.
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Old 04-24-2019, 07:35 PM   #52
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The reviews on Amazon sound like this sound device is also a failure. Friends gave us some 120V devices to make the same ultrasonic noise. Guess we'll start with more testing soon. We store one car in a Mennonite made garage structure for the winter. Mice are a problem there and packrats cannot get through the rollup door as the mice can. Mice just nest and poop, they have not yet chewed. While mice are not our friends, they are at least nicer than packrats.

Fox urine, we will look for it.

Feral cats: Our county animal control lets us buy "barn cats". We have to cage them for a week to 10 days near the problem, then leave food and water out indefinitely for them. The owls, red tail hawks, bobcats, cougars, foxes, and other preditors will make short work of a city raised barn cat. We need a wary, country raised cat, that knows all about preditors. The food and water will be an attractant in our desert environment.

We need snakes! Had a colony of packrats living in a pile of lumber while we were building our off grid house (those piles are long gone). One winter a group of king or gopher snakes moved in. By spring the packrats were gone. We moved, burned, used up the lumber piles that year. We would not mind rattlesnakes living near the cars, they are polite and sound out warnings if you get too close, we can live with that. Rattlesnakes love to eat packrats.
Seems to me the same predators for the cats should be taking care of the packrat population, snakes, owls, hawks, and bobcats would be the pack rats natural enemies rather than adding cats to the mix, otherwise you are just feeding the cats to their predators rather than the packrats. In the cities we have a rats and feral cat issues and use TNR to keep both under control
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Old 04-24-2019, 08:27 PM   #53
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How about sprinkling snake repellant around your trailer / TV when parked? It has naphthalene in it, like moth balls, and might repel any critter.

I have a bad squirrel problem at home. I haven't seen them around my trailer, but they have found a way into my house and have chewed open other accesses. They are hard to get rid of. I've heard / read that one can put a plastic trash can in the yard, put about a foot of water in it, then pour a layer of peanuts on top. They will get into the trash can to eat the peanuts and drown, similar to the bucket method. The idea makes me cringe, but I'm getting desperate.
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How about sprinkling snake repellant around your trailer / TV when parked? It has naphthalene in it, like moth balls, and might repel any critter.

I have a bad squirrel problem at home. I haven't seen them around my trailer, but they have found a way into my house and have chewed open other accesses. They are hard to get rid of. I've heard / read that one can put a plastic trash can in the yard, put about a foot of water in it, then pour a layer of peanuts on top. They will get into the trash can to eat the peanuts and drown, similar to the bucket method. The idea makes me cringe, but I'm getting desperate.

Mike, you might try this: www.amazon.com/Tube-Trap-Squirrel-Standard/dp/B00K6JKVK4

It is brutal but if they are in your home it might be needed. It is not for everyone. Also, it does not discriminate between squirrels and bunnies if that is a concern. Or beneficial animals either. My shed is current clear... should last for a few weeks before the neighbors squirrels figure out there is a vacancy.
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While I can't directly address the desert packrat, we've had good success with "Rid-A-Rat" (index) magnetized under vehicle flashing LED lights keeping the little critters from chewing our vehicle wires here in the Rocky Mtn foothills. Rid-a-Rat's were recommended to me after I had several incidents which eventually cost > $2,000!
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Old 04-24-2019, 09:23 PM   #56
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Fresh Cab. This stuff works. Got mine at Tractors Supply.
We too use Fresh Cab, smells wonderful, works and is the solution to light pollution.

Pack rat infestation? Ewwww
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Old 04-24-2019, 09:34 PM   #57
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I haven't heard of this. Thanks for giving me another option.
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How about sprinkling snake repellant around your trailer / TV when parked? It has naphthalene in it, like moth balls, and might repel any critter.

I have a bad squirrel problem at home. I haven't seen them around my trailer, but they have found a way into my house and have chewed open other accesses. They are hard to get rid of. I've heard / read that one can put a plastic trash can in the yard, put about a foot of water in it, then pour a layer of peanuts on top. They will get into the trash can to eat the peanuts and drown, similar to the bucket method. The idea makes me cringe, but I'm getting desperate.
Mike, your solution reminds me of a joke, years ago.How do you catch an elephant?
You dig a hole and fill it with peas and cover with ashes. When the elephant comes for a pee, you kick him in the ash hole.....
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