Rat Bait & Baiting Tips
It is very helpful to use rat size bait stations to encourage feeding.
- 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.
- 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.
- For bait shy rats, placing a small amount of dog food or bird seed inside and around the bait station before placing the poison bait/rodenticide.This may help the rat overcome its natural suspicion of new objects.Once the rodent's smell is inside the bait box and around the bait station, rats will want to enter and eat the rodenticide. Current rodent baits/rodenticides kill slow enough for rats not to become suspicious of the new food source.
- Some of the general tips for baiting mice also apply for baiting techniques for rat control.
- A new rat bait on the market by JT Eaton called, Nectus Soft Bait has proven to have extremely high bait acceptance, providing a quick kill, mold resistant and will not become brittle or freeze. We also carry Bell Lab's Final Soft Bait with Lumitrack 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 sources.
- 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
It is very important to place rat bait between their harborage locations and entry points. Rats only need a small opening ( about 5/8 inch) for an entrance into the building. Look into possible entry points such as metal flashing around roof vents, laundry vents, crawl space vents, any ground level vents. Look closely at the roof line and openings in roof tiles. Roof rats may climb up tree limbs to the roof. See more tips at Rodent Inspection.
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Featured Rodenticides (Single Feed Rat Baits)
Extruded Blox, Blocks, Pellets, Soft Bait and Liquid Baits
For more information on how to choose the correct rat bait for your situation, click Choosing Rat Baits or give us a call.