This is a huge rat. We had a staring match, which I lost, when she jumped up on the table while I was having my first cup of coffee. I jumped up, she jumped off and ran away. I set out traps, baited with corn, and found this the next morning. These rat traps are wickedly good, if the animal enters. Quick death.
The pack rats, however, are scrabbling throughout the truck bed at night. Peppermint doesn’t work, traps don’t catch them, dryer sheets don’t work, a lantern lit all night didn’t work. I have put up everything that they might be attracted to. They just eat something else. Anything to shorten their teeth. They have chewed the phone case, my glasses and even ate two sets of ear buds. They even chewed parts of 2 rat traps and didn’t set them off. Just chewed them enough so they can no longer be used.
The morning walks are so satisfying. I love the light in the desert. I am loving this wandering around so much. I have scoped out some more gold prospecting areas nearby. So far I have a fine collection of beer cans, barbed wire and pieces of metal. It does not discourage me since there are miles and miles of places to keep looking.