Tips for using a bait station for rodenticide


December 27, 2023

Anna Berry

Anna Berry, BCE

Rodenticide is a hot topic in our industry — and it got there, in part, due to misuse. When using block or packet rodenticides, always follow the label. The label will address where to place the rodenticide.

When using a bait station for rodenticide, it’s key that:

  • The rodenticide is held firmly in place by rods.
  • The bait station is secured, typically by weighting with a pavement stone.
  • It’s tamper-resistant, which typically means it locks with a key.

If the pavement stone is broken, the station is no longer considered secured. If the station cannot close or lock, it’s not considered tamper-resistant.

Be mindful of the condition of your stations. If any parts are broken, do not add rodenticide, as that is typically a violation of the label. Luckily, there are often other alternatives, depending on the environment and the station. You may be able to place snap traps or monitoring blocks in a station, for example, until it can be replaced or fixed.

About the Author

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BERRY is a technical director at B&G Equipment. Previously, she worked as training manager for McCloud Pest Management Solutions, South Elgin, Ill. She is a Board Certified Entomologist, ServSafe certified and instructor and proctor for the National Restaurant Association and is certified in HACCP. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree in grain science from Kansas State University.

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