Packrats or woodrats are common locally in a variety of habitats at most elevations. They look a lot like over-sized deer mice and are almost cute-looking compared to the Norway rat. The two species most apt to be a nuisance are the Mexican woodrat (Neotoma Mexicana) and bushy-tailed woodrat(Neotoma cinerea). The Mexican woodrat is found along the Front Range. The bushy-tailed woodrat is the infamous packrat of mountain areas.
Packrats can do a lot of damage to flowering plants around homes. They often build big nests in human structures (crawl spaces, hot tub housing, etc.). Their abundant droppings and urine can be very messy. Poison baits are not very effective on packrats, but both live traps and lethal traps can be very effective. Often some clean-up is necessary. Exclusion repairs should also be done at entry points when practical. We can provide all these services.
We’ll have more information about packrat biology, problems they pose, and solutions we offer coming soon. In the meantime, if you have a packrat problem, call us at 719-636-1014 for an assessment and prices.