I wanted to share this information with everyone in case it might be helpful to someone.
We live on ten glorious acres down Highway 14. Nature here is at its best.
However, we had been having a problem with packrats digging holes right by our front door and also causing damage to our vehicles by chewing through important wires and hoses.
I am not one to go and KILL to make MY life easier. I love living with nature and acknowledge the fact that we are in THEIR space by living out here in the prairie.
I bought a Have-a-Heart trap in the appropriate size for a packrat, baited it with yummy peanut butter and waited....the rats are too smart! I have a motion activated infrared camera that I set up at night to see what was happening with the trap and I caught the rat running around the trap looking at the peanut butter but never actually going in....
That was Plan A. I did not have a Plan B.....putting out any kind of poison was something I would NEVER dream of doing. Poisoning a rat or a mouse or any other critter starts a vicious cycle because it kills anything and everything that may then eat the dead rodents, like the magnificent hawks I see out here every day.
Then, about 3 weeks ago, as I was cleaning out the poops and pee-pee clumps in my litter boxes, a thought struck me! I took the plastic bag full of kitty presents and went outside...I went to every deep pack rat hole and made a deposit of kitty pees and poops, pushing it as deep down in the hole as I could get...I thought, if I lived in there, I wouldn't like that smell and I might move on....and if I was a rat and smelled CAT, I would CERTAINLY not want to live there!
I started doing this 3 weeks ago...at first, the rats would re-dig the holes but I kept making fresh deposits every time they did.....and for the last TWO WEEKS, there's been NO NEW ACTIVITY!
I am so thrilled!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope it stays that way. What a great way to use those kitty deposits!