High Desert Pack Rat Precautions…And Then Some (#169)

When I first arrived here two weeks ago (Bosque del Apache NWR), I looked around at the array of adobe buildings and other volunteers motorhomes.  I wondered why all the parked cars and trucks at the refuge compound had their hoods propped up high in the air.  Surely there couldn’t be that many dead batteries.

Oh, didn’t anyone tell you?  We have pack rats here.  Yes!  And they love to get up into the engine area and chew on all the wiring.  So you better put your hood up when your vehicles are parked unless you want to have all your wiring chewed up.

Well, that sounded like a costly repair job so…..proactive prevention here we come!

Hoods Up!

The idea behind having the hoods up is that pack rats like dark places to nest and gnaw.  Having the hoods up on my vehicles is supposed to light up the dark places.

But at night what do I do?

Oh, well now that’s why you see the other motorhomes with lighting underneath them at night.  Just go to the local hardware store and get some rope lights.  Just be sure to turn them on at night.  They’ll help keep the rattle snakes away too!

Okay!  Hood up?  Check!  Lights on at night?  Check!   I was prepared for the rat pack attack!

Lights On!

Anything else you may have “forgotten” to mention?

Well, did anyone happen to tell you about the train that goes through all hours of the day and night….. oh, and the rockets….maybe some bombs…..you know,  from White Sands military base.  Just routine.

But that’s a story for another day!

See you on down the road!

Love,  Annie

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Born under a wand'rin' star.... living in my Winnebago, traveling the country, explorer/adventurer, photographer, writer, chi master, massage therapist, retired teacher/counselor, work camper. Appreciation for the freedom to do it all. Enjoying life's ultimate lessons of trust, respect, and grace.
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10 Responses to High Desert Pack Rat Precautions…And Then Some (#169)

  1. Patti Kuche says:

    Pack rats? I never would have believed it! As for the rattlesnakes . . . you have fun out there Annie!

  2. Bill and Carol says:

    Put some elastic in your bloomers!
    😉 Carol and Bill

  3. Sunshine says:

    Scary. About the rats. Don’t say they are the size of a house cat!?

  4. Chris and Jim Schultz says:

    Hi Annie….we have packrats at home too. When we would go camping we also left the hood open a bit to keep the packrats out. Some friends of ours had a motorhome and one rat chewed up their air connditioner hoses. Yes, a costly repair….keep enjoying your travels….enjoy reading about them…

  5. Connie T says:

    We camped at Folsom CA state park last year. They had warnings in the brochure, at the office in the campground to watch out for rattle snakes. I was so nervous to even go outside. I didn’t see one, but I didn’t want to see one.

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