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Several species of pack rats live in the United States. Their name comes from their tendency to pick up loose items they find. These pests have also been known to crawl around in parked cars, chewing on wires.
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Pack rats are similar in appearance to standard rats, with long tails, large ears, and big black eyes. Their average size ranges from about 12 to 18 inches. They usually have gray fur on their backs and heads and lighter fur on their bellies and feet. Unlike traditional rats, pack rats often have hairy tails.
Depending on the region in which they live, pack rat diets vary. Bushytailed woodrats in the western part of the United States eat mainly vegetation. Those found in the south tend to eat fruits and seeds. If it’s nearby, pack rats may also seek out human food easily accessible in garbage cans or left in gardens.
These rodents adapt quickly to their environment, which allows them to survive in both dry, desert locations, and cool, mountainous areas. Pack rats construct dens, called middens, out of twigs and other materials they collect. Typically, these dens are located in caves or crevices, but the pests will also nest in attics, basements, or crawl spaces.