Montana is full of wild animals and if you're not prepared, you could have a big problem on your hands. There's a certain animal that has a reputation for spreading disease and causing major property damage. Here are some tips on how to protect yourself and your personal property.


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If you rent or own a home in Montana, the last thing you want to deal with is wild animals invading your personal space. Longtime residents know the importance of keeping a safe distance from wildlife, and also know how to protect themselves against unwanted intruders.

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Finding a wild animal in your home can be startling to say the least, but if they've been inside for awhile, they are also capable of wreaking havoc on your humble abode.



Pack rats, otherwise known as woodrats are a major issue for Montanans. Pack rats are known for collecting items and stashing them away. So, if you've noticed some things missing around your property, a pack rat could be the culprit. They like to hide in attics, garages, and outdoor sheds. They are also known for chewing, and can chew up wires, furniture, and more. If you've ever encountered a pack rat, you know that they are bad news.

Pack rats (woodrats) are especially fond of small, bright, shiny objects, which they will readily confiscate, but bones, cow chips, and bits of wood are all common.

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Pack rats are also known to spread disease, and can do irreparable damage to gardens and farm fields in Montana.

Pack Rats

If you have a pack rat problem, you can use traps or poison to get rid of them. For traps, the best baits are peanut butter, oatmeal, nuts, bacon rind, raisins, or dried fruit. It's important to seal up any openings along foundations, walls, chimneys, eaves, or roofs, and where pipes, wires, etc., enter buildings. Here are a few helpful tips on how to get rid of pack rats.

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