There are basically two methods to get rid of pack rats: exclusion and trapping. In order to exclude them from a property, it is recommended to examine all possible routes into the building. This means checking foundations, plumbing, electricity outlets, vents and roofs for any openings as well as the more obvious routes such as doors and windows.
Openings may be sealed with mesh screens or metal sheets as well as steel wool. Trapping pack rats requires baiting a snap trap with foods such as nuts, grains, meat and dried fruit. In order to ensure that pack rats remain outside of a property, it is vital to maintain good hygiene and sanitation.