2013, the tenth year of business for Mr. Pack Rat and our busiest year ever:
- We trapped, euthanized and donated about 5,000 rats to Forever Wild Animal Sanctuary as a food source for sick and injured wildlife.
- All by hand, we removed over 340,000 pounds (170 tons!) of cactus and other pack rat nest related debris to local "green" waste dumps. I know the amount because we pay by the ton. Much of this material is later mulched and turned into compost.
- We used over 3,000 square feet of hardware cloth and other metal screen to keep rats out of attics, garages, sheds, pool heaters, air conditioners, grills, spas and more.
- We carefully removed and released a few dozen rattlesnakes, a handful of Gila Monsters, hundreds of squirrels, and a couple of skunks from pack rats nests in the performance of our work.
A few pictures from the year:
Some nests require special precautions - protective suit, goggles and mask!
In a metal cabinet
Classic pack rat nest in a car
Impressive nest in a grill!
Nest in the retractable pool cover
Under a tile roof
In an umbrella stand
A rare tiger rattlesnake