The Complete Guide to Bait Stations for Rodents
Learn how to set a bait station to kill mice and rats.
What is a Bait Station?
A rodent bait station is a safety device that secures a poisonous bait block in place to help prevent children and pets from unintentionally being exposed to the rodent bait. Bait stations do not function the same way that traps do and instead, allow rodents to enter the bait station, consume poisonous bait lure, and retreat to their nests where they pass away within a couple of days.
In this article, get all the information you need about rodent bait stations, including the different types of bait stations and how they individually work.
The Difference Between Mice and Rat Bait Stations
Bait stations for mice and for rats are regularly sold separately despite both being used to get rid of rodents that should not be entering your home. While both types of rodents can be removed through the help of bromethalin bait blocks, the effectiveness of the bait stations differ based on size.
With mice being distinctly smaller than rats, bait stations for mice are designed to be smaller than rat bait stations to ensure that a precise amount of bait block is offered to maximize the effectiveness of the bait block and the bromethalin ingredient in it. Purchasing a bait station for mice for the removal of rats, for example, causes the potential of rats not being able to easily fit into the station to consume the bait block. On the other hand, a rat bait station for mice may hinder the effectiveness of the bait due to the potential of mice not being able to consume the bait block before the effectiveness of the lure loses its freshness.
Disposable Bait Stations
Perhaps you’ve begun seeing signs of rodents in your home for the first time. To get rid of rodents quickly, the use of a disposable bait stations for mice as well as disposable bait stations for rats allow you to dispose of the station in the garbage when you believe the process of removing the rodents is complete. Disposable bait stations are pre-filled with a bromethalin rodenticide and are ready to use right out of the package. Once the bait is consumed, the entire station is disposed of, making it a convenient and mess-free option.
Despite being more suitable for smaller rodent incidents, one single fresh bait block in a disposable station can kill up to 10 rats and up to 12 mice.
Refillable Bait Stations
Refillable bait stations are available for rats, as well as refillable bait stations for mice and give you the opportunity to refill the station with a fresh bait block when one bait block simply isn’t enough. This makes them a cost-effective solution for ongoing rodent problems. When the bait is depleted, instead of disposing of the whole station, you simply refill it with fresh bait blocks following the instructions provided on the package.
Regular maintenance is required for refillable stations, including cleaning and replenishing the bait when it becomes moldy, soiled, or infested by insects. The benefit of the see-through container is the ability to continuously monitor the state of the bait inside of the station.
Why Bait Blocks Require the Use of A Bait Station
Where to Place Bait Stations
Should you decide to use a bait station, bait stations should be placed in areas of your home that you believe receive high traffic from rodents. Most bait stations are also weather-resistant should you decide to place the bait station somewhere outside of your home. It is important to keep the bait station no further than 15m from your home to maximize the station’s use in protecting your home.
Due to the poisonous characteristics of the bait block inside of the bait station, it is important to be mindful of where you place the station if you have children and pets at home. If so, bait stations are best to be used in hidden areas that children and pets cannot access for total safety reasons.
Replacing Bait Blocks in a Refillable Bait Station
Refilling a bait station with a new bait block should be done with extreme caution due to its poisonous state. It is important to always wear gloves throughout the process of refilling your bait station to avoid skin irritation.
Follow these two steps to properly remove an old bait block and loading a new one:
- To remove a bait block, find access to the bait block tab from underneath the station and push the bait block tab up. This is done by squeezing the prongs of the bait block tab and pulling it away from the station.
- Place the new bait block into the tab and push the bait block back into the bait station until it properly clicks into place.
Safe Disposal of Bait Stations
Disposable bait stations can be thrown into the garbage as soon as it has helped get rid of rodents in your home. Aside from always using gloves to safely dispose of disposable bait stations, it is important to check with your local municipality to ensure that you are following the correct hazardous waste disposal guidelines in your area.