Pack rats cost Arizona pool owners thousands of dollars annually in damages. Pack rats, the White-throated Wood Rat, unlike other types of rats, are very curious and are unfazed by people. Pool heaters are one of the most attractive places for a pack rat to nest, as they offer shelter and warmth. They can not survive with out shelter as they have little tolerance for extreme heat or cold and can not survive extended exposure to direct sunlight. The pack rat, as the name implies, pack all types of debris into their nests and are ardent chewers. Chewing wire in particular is perfect for sharpening their teeth.
They not only chew the heater’s wires, but they drag twigs, cactus, rocks, and dog dropping into your heater, which is not only disgusting to reach in and clean out, but it in turn attracts fleas, lice, brown spiders, scorpions, and kissing bugs. All that debris causes other issues for the burner tray, not to mention any damage caused by pack rats renders your manufacturer and home warranties of no effect.
With the increased rainfall the pack rat population has exploded! Now is a great time to call DiamondBack Pool Service & Repair get your pool heater Rat Proofed. We offer rat-proofing for all pool heater models for $150.00 installed, unless heater is infested. If you pool heater is infested, we will remove the nest, clean out the heater and provide a comprehensive heater inspection for an additional $125.00, which includes the first hour of labor if any repairs are required.