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Saturday 23 September 2017

Top tips to avoid wasting time and money when laying poison bait to deter rodents

Many people unwittingly waste their time and money in the way they use the bait
Many people unwittingly waste their time and money in the way they use the bait
Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

Laying poison bait is the most common method of rat control on farms but many people unwittingly waste their time and money in the way they use the bait.

Joe Lynch, sales manager of BASF, pointed out four common mistakes made with bait:

1. Unsuitable bait boxes

Using old pipes and similar objects to hold bait makes it too easy for rats to move the bait. If the bait is dropped somewhere by the rat on the way to its nest, the poison could then be picked up by non-target animals such as pets, farm animals, wildlife or even children.

2. Over-baiting

Rats, like squirrels, hoard food and only consume their stash of food when they are hungry. Given the opportunity, they will store lots of bait in their nest. Joe recommended that bait should only be relaid every 5-7 days, as to do it more often is simply encouraging rats to hoard the poison and wasting your money.

3. Incorrect bait points

Before lying bait, spend some time identifying the high risk areas on your farm for rats and find out where the rat runs are. There is little point in putting bait down on one side of the yard if the rats are using the other side of the yard as their own M50.

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4. Perimeter protection

Joe recommended that bait be laid around the perimeter of the yard to eliminate rats before they get close to feed sources such as the feed store, silage pit or potential nesting sites like the hay barn. Prevention is always better than cure.

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