Are you someone who scratches your head over ways to get rid of rats and mice? If the answer is yes, chances are you might have heard about rodent baiting.
Bad weather such as heavy rains and hailstorms create ideal conditions for harmful rodents to thrive and affect human life. Besides spreading diseases, rats and mice also trigger asthma and other severe health issues. Rats and mice are a big health concern. As a result, there is an urgent need for rat and mouse control measures.
Rodent baiting, favored by both rat control specialists and homeowners, is one of the most advanced control methods for rats and mice. So what is rodent baiting and how to use it?
How does it work?
Most domestic rat and mouse rodenticides prevent blood clots. They affect the ability of blood to clot so that exposed rodents die from internal bleeding. A rat or mouse that has absorbed a lethal dose of single feed rodent bait will die in 4-6 days.
There is also another kind of bait which varies in the ways it kills rats and mice. A bait causes death by disrupting energy cells within the body. Another bait mobilises calcium, leading to rodents’ death. Meanwhile, some types of bait enter the circulatory system as a gas, causing heart failure and liver damage. Some kill with a single dose, while others must be absorbed over 2-4 days.
What are the most significant advantages of rodent baiting?
Compared to other methods of rodent control, rodent baiting confers plentiful noticeable benefits. Some advantages include:
- Rodents won’t feel immediate pain and would not link their condition with the bait. This means rodents will come back to feed on the poison.
- Anticoagulants are considered to pose little to no hazard to humans and pets. This means it is fairly safe for households with children, old people, pregnant women or people who have health issues.
- There is no immediate severe effects in case of poisoning. This gives enough time to deal with unexpected poisoning in people or pets. Should the poison be accidentally ingested, vitamin K1 can be used as an antidote.
How many forms of rodent baits are there?
Rodent baits are made of a special rodenticide that attracts the common mouse. It is mixed with an active rat poison and comes in different forms:
- Pellet form baits
- Place packs (or baits wrapped in paper or placed inside plastic bags)
- Block baits
- Liquid Bait
What are the common bait stations that can be installed?
Rat or rodent baits are systems that can be installed in key areas with the help of pest exterminators. There are two kinds of bait stations, namely:
- Tamper-Resistant (TR) bait stations reduce contact of harmful chemicals to humans and pets. TR stations can be used even when there are children in the household. A TR station is typically secured to the floor, or walls, with the rat bait fixed inside the box.
- Non-Tamper-Resistant (NTR) bait stations are usually made of plastic and built to withstand debris, dirt or dust. NTR stations are not suitable for outdoor areas close to children.
Warning: Rodenticides are pesticides for rat and mouse control. Some rodenticides, if not used in the right way, can be toxic to humans, pets, and livestock. Therefore, it is always essential to read and adhere to safety precautions and instructions on product labels.
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