Today we are going to talk about bait stations, which are sold in most petshops. The purpose of these boxes is to hold securely the rat poison while reducing the chance of other animals such as hedgehogs to get poisoned also. The size of the entrance selects what goes in. There are various sizes to choose from, depending on the pests you have, like mice, rats and other rodents. Therfore there is less chance to get uninvited animals. Obviously rat poison isn’t always the solution, but when you have an invasion of rodents either this or a live capture trap are the best solution. Most people opt for rat poison, the problem occours when this is spread recklessly. This will cause more damage and waste for nothing. If a hedgehog is killed by ingesting poison, you will have lost a great ally in the fields. These are opened by a key, for safety around kids There is a corridor for the rats to pass through And here we put two type of bait, one tray is for liquid bait while the rod is for attaching block bait. I’m going to show you how to fill the bait box, in the liquid section I use baited seeds, this will indicate how much is being eaten, also as the box has a lid it is all waterproof. Some may infer on releasing cats in the fields, few accept the reality that felines do more damage than good. Right now we have native snakes in the fields, these have been in our fields as long as i can remeber, and their number is constant and isn’t affected by rat bait. We had a few years where there were an over abundance of snakes While in another field where there were feral cats not even a lizard could be seen. With a bait station you can calculate the number of rats, this box had six blocks and full of seed and a lot of rat droppings, as you can see all precautions are taken like gloves This box has been set for two weeks so you can evaluate that there isn’t a large number of rodents. We insert the blocks in the rod. After handling poisons, ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS. We put in the baited seeds, and try to fill it up always to the same level. When the seeds are eaten the hulls can be used as an indicator of what was eaten. Put the box in a good area, with the entrance close to the wall, as a rodent will usually walk close to the wall and there is more chance that he smells the bait.