9 tips and tricks on placing the bait station
As fall approaches, food and water sources become scarce for rodents, causing them to seek refuge in your farm yards, where both are available in abundance. Once they take hold on a property, they can be difficult to control. Rodents, if not properly controlled in time, can cause serious economic losses on farms due to consumption, contamination and spoilage of food and feed, the spread of ‘pathogens that adversely affect human and animal health, damage to buildings and equipment.
Here are some tips and tricks that will help you control the infestation quickly.
- Make sure the bait stations are in place before destroying any nesting areas. Cleaning up a nesting area before installing bait stations disrupts the rodent ecosystem, causing them to escape to new places without getting caught.
- The location where you set up the bait stations is the key to successful disposal. Spotting the infestation early will help eliminate it faster, before it multiplies in large numbers. A major indicator of the presence of rats and mice is their droppings. Detex® blox (link) with lumitrack, a non-toxic bait, is a useful product that can help you identify exact nesting locations. It contains a special additive that makes rodent droppings glow bright green under UV light.
- Once detected, setting up a bait station at these locations is the next critical step. Be sure to secure your bait stations to avoid exposure to non-target animals. Bait stations can be attached using screws, liquid nails, double-sided tape, Velcro closures, duckbill anchors, stakes or chain. Tamper-evident bait stations like the TOMCAT® BAIT STATION provide additional bait security.
- When baiting in populated areas, consider placing the stations in inconspicuous locations whenever possible.
- Heating, ventilation and air conditioning lines, garage doors or other large doors, entrance doors, etc. are common entry points where additional bait stations can be installed.
- Try to clean out debris and shelters around your bait stations, this will make rodents more likely to seek out your bait station for shelter.
- Reusing the bait stations will allow them to collect pheromones, which will make them more attractive to rodents. You can remove debris from your stations, but avoid washing them.
- Check the bait station twice a week for evidence of use. If you notice that the rodents haven’t touched the bait, you might have a case of shyness towards the bait. Jaguar® bait blox (Link) is a good option in such a situation. It is a tough, multi-edged, single-feed anticoagulant that achieves unparalleled rodent acceptance and control.
- Finally, be sure to change or refresh the bait every week. Remove any half-eaten bait and clean the area to make sure rats don’t spill the bait in places where it is easily accessible to your farm animals.
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