Rat Bait & Baiting Tips
- Consider eliminating competing food sources that serve as the rat's natural food sources. With less food sources, it is easier to introduce the new bait to the population.
- Place rat baits about 15 and 50 feet apart for rats (mice bait placements are much closer). For heavier rat infestations, set the rat bait closer to 15 feet apart. Try to place rat bait near their harboring areas.
It is very helpful to use rat size bait stations to encourage feeding.
Rodent Bait Stations provide the rat with an attractive, protective feeding area.
- Once these bait stations are placed, avoid moving them. Some rats
have a reaction against moved objects.
Of course after a time, and the rats are not taking the bait , it would
warrant moving the station.
- Since rats eat more rodent bait than mice, refill the bait stations more often. A rat can eat as much as 1 ounce or more nightly.
- In wet or damp conditions use all weather or weather resistant blox/block forms. If necessary, tie down the bait in order to prevent them from washing
away to another area.
- Some of the general tips for baiting mice also apply for baiting techniques for rat control.
- A new rat bait on the market by Bell Labs, called Final Soft Bait with Lumitrack has proven to have extremely high bait acceptance, providing a quick kill, mold resistant and will not become brittle or freeze. The Lumitrack will make the feces glow, allowing you to detect the rodents' pathways.
Roof Rats : Further Baiting Tips
- All the information above apply to Roof Rats as well with some additional
tips because roof rats may be active above ground level, as well.
Always try to place baits between there harboraging areas and all food
- Roof rats do climb above ground. Look for areas as fence rails, attics, trees, rafters as possible bait ares. They should be tied securely so non targeted animals and children may not access them.
- Roof rats may travel a long distance to access food. Roof rats may live in trees and attics, but travel to feed in garbage cans, pet dishes, etc. Remove competing food sources.
- Inspect dense cover areas, because roof rats like to rest and feed
in these areas.
These are areas that you will want to place your bait or traps.
- Roof rats like to feed on smaller amounts and various locations than
the bigger sized Norway Rat.
Provide more areas for feeding in baiting for Roof Rats.
- You can use PVC pipes(2 inches in diameter) as bait stations to bait
on narrow ledges and overhead areas.
Bait blocks should be wired, and the PVC pipe affixed to the areas.
Common Rodent Entry and Harborage Locations
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Extruded Blox, Pellets, Soft and Liquid Baits