Pack Rats in the Woodpile

Pack rats, or wood rats, are all over in this part of the world. In hard-to-reach parts of the woods, they build these 3-foot high pyramidal nests out of sticks and twigs. Some of these are beautifully constructed. Around the homestead, they make nests deep down in the woodpiles. Recently, they’ve been dragging split kindling up to the top of the wood pile, for what purpose I know not. Surprising that they can and would do this.

They’re quite different from scumbag Norwegian rats. They look more like an enlarged mouse, and have white fur on their bellies. I trap them when need be, but to some extent, live and let live.

3 Responses to Pack Rats in the Woodpile

  1. Anonymous says:

    scumbag norwegian rats-love it

  2. Our wood rats usually arrive in late September or October. To get ready for winter they try to get on my garden float. I can always tell when they succeed. They have a meticulous harvesting method. The cut down the plants and stack the greens in neat piles, I guess to dry. Usually I clean up the mess, but I assume they plan to return later to gather their crops to store for the winter. When they get bad, we use our live trap and relocate them to nearby Goat Island. We figure they can't return that far over water. – Margy

  3. For those who share the same philosophy of "live and let live" with regards to rodents; there are humane traps that do not harm the animal in anyway. You need to check the trap regularly though to make sure you release the animal in the wild before it gets dehydrated.

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