Types of Rodents: Pack Rats

Pack rats, also known as wood rats, are one of the biggest rodent concerns in Southern Arizona. Pack rats are about 6 – 8 inches long and are typically gray to grayish-brown with lighter colored feet and under sides. Their ears are large and hairy as are their tails which are about the same length as their head and body.

Pack Rats get their name from their tendency to collect small objects, especially shiny ones, to bring back to their nests. The nests are built of cactus and sticks and are usually located in sheltered areas such as rock clusters, the base of trees and shrubs, and around the root systems of cactus. They also build their nests in suitable areas that we provide for them such as cars, BBQ grills, sheds and even in attics and wall voids; anything providing shelter that is left undisturbed for a long period of time.

Bill’s can create a specific rodent control plan based on your needs to eliminate rodent problems including trapping, ongoing baiting service and exclusion services.

Rodent Control – Other Rodents

Kangaroo Rats – Kangaroo rats are not typically communal (co-habitation with humans), but they can be a nuisance when it comes to the impact on our yards and landscaping. They typically create underground burrows, often at the base of a shrub or cactus, excavating dirt and creating mounds in the soil. They have a distinct appearance with a long tail and big hind feet that they use to quickly hop away from predators.

Ground Squirrels – Ground squirrels are a common rodent in Southern Arizona that many people confuse as a small prairie dog although they are not related. It is a light beige color with a long tail. They are similar to Kangaroo rats in that they are more of a nuisance pest and do not typically pose a significant threat to humans. They dig burrows underground creating sand/dirt mounds throughout the yard.

Roof & Norway Rats – Although not as common in Southern Arizona, Roof and Norway rats can be found in the area and pose significant threats to both public health and structures. They multiply quickly making it important to address any possible infestation immediately. Roof and Norway rats can both look similar to pack rats, however, roof rats tails are hairless, scaly and longer than their bodies. Norway rats are larger than roof and pack rats and have smaller eyes and ears.