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