Kiwicare recommends the use of bait stations when using poison baits for rats and mice.
There are several good reasons for using bait stations:
- Keep children and pets safe - Lockable bait stations such as the NO Rats One Feed Bait Station and the NO Mice One Feed Bait Station exclude non-target animals and children, preventing access to the bait and keeping them safe.
- Make rodenticides more effective - Rodents feel safe and comfortable in the enclosed spaces provided by bait stations, so they will spend more time feeding on the bait.
- Make bait last longer - Bait stations protect the bait from weather and detritus that would reduce the palatability (tastiness) of the bait. So, the bait remains attractive to rodents and more effective for longer.
- Stay within the law - Many rodenticides are required by regulations to be used in a bait station. The NO Rats One Feed Bait Station and the NO Mice One Feed Bait Stations have been designed for the purpose, however, the definition of a bait station is:
A rigid, reusable device or container designed or adapted to physically contain baits in such a way as to allow unrestricted access by target pests while preventing or minimising spillage of bait and access of off-target species. Also, to protect baits from the elements and extend their usable life.
This definition allows places such as roof voids to be considered a bait station where non-target animals are excluded, and it protects bait from the elements.