There are quite a few options when it comes to buying baiting stations. That’s a nice thing since not all rodent problems are the same.
Let’s walk through some scenarios and see if we can find the best rat bait station for you.
Typical Homeowner Baiting Solutions
Most homeowners are dealing with a minor infestation of just a few rats either in their attic, garage, basement or outbuildings.
The best baiting station for attic rats is actually a saucer filled with a water based rodenticide. Attic rats have everything they need to live happily ever after EXCEPT a source of drinking water. Providing the parched critters with a source of poisoned water is highly effective.
Do NOT use an open source of poisoned water anywhere else except the attic. The risk of other animals becoming poisoned is extremely high if this approach is utilized anywhere except for a closed off attic.
When you are trying to poison rats in any other typical homeowner situation (garage, outbuildings, basement) then a disposable Tier 1 Bait Station is absolutely the best choice.
Tier 1 stations are designed to be tamper resistant by children and chew resistant by dogs. The trick to effectively using these is to buy multiple stations and space them about 20 feet apart along established rat paths. The rats will NOT go out of their way to find the stations. The stations must be placed directly in their way along established traveling corridors.
Figuring out where the established paths exist is as simple as finding trails of rat droppings. The rodents continuously pee and poop as a communication mechanism along the routes they use on a daily basis.
Please remember that there is absolutely no point to poisoning the rats unless you take steps to figure out and eliminate why the rats were attracted to your property in the first place. If all you do is kill a few rats without cleaning up your property then a fresh batch of rodents will simply step in and take the place of the ones you just dispatched.
Baiting Solutions for the Farm or Garden
Farms and gardens are problematic areas for rodent control as it is almost impossible to eliminate the food sources that are attracting the rats.
Another problem in these situations is the travel paths of the rodents are often complicated with the only standardized part of the route being certain barn rafters, fence rails or tree branches.
Here are a couple of options to consider:
JT Eaton offers a Top Loading bait station that is designed to be secured with tie wraps and can be placed in areas where a standard Tier 1 bait station would not fit. You could easily secure this bait station to a barn gate or tree branch assuming that is where you have seen rats travelling. While this type of station is not as tamper proof as a Tier 1 station the fact that it will be secured in an area inaccessible to pets and unfrequented by children minimizes the risk of accidental poisoning.
If the stations do need to be placed at ground level then you will want to get several sets of refillable Tier 1 stations. These are stations that can be opened only with a special key. The stations should be monitored weekly for consumption of bait. Always use gloves when refilling these stations with bait to avoid putting your scent on the bait as well as for your own protection.
For many gardeners one of the concerns is how the garden looks. The presence of a bunch of ugly black boxes works against the desire to have a beautiful garden.
There is a great station specifically designed for this situation which looks like a rock. The station can easily be integrated into a landscape design and casual observers would have no idea what they were looking at. The rock shaped bait station is secured by a lock to prevent unauthorized access. While this product is secure it is important to note that it is not certified at the Tier 1 safety level.
Baiting Solutions for Industrial Areas
Baiting stations are available with magnetic mounts which allow them to be strategically, and securely, placed on steel beams, metal trash dumpsters or the under carriage of vehicles.
These bait stations are designed for ease of placement and differ in the degree of difficulty required to open them. Simply put, some of these are child and pet resistant while others are not.
General Guidance for Using Bait Stations
Successful baiting of rats follows the same guidance giving for using traps.
Place the bait stations along established rat trails.
Eliminate as many other food sources as possible to make the bait stations more attractive.
Use common sense in regards to the accessibility of the stations to children and pets. These stations are designed to be deadly. Treat them with the respect they deserve.
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