The Implementation of an Outdoor Baiting Program Is a Key Component for a Successful Integrated Pest Management Program.
It Is Very Common for Baiting to Mostly Be Done Outdoors, but in Certain Accounts and Situations, Indoor Baiting Might Also Be an Option to Consider.
This Month, We Have Put Together Our Top Tips for a Successful Outdoor Baiting Program.
The Main Objective:
- To knock down the outdoor rodent population (corrective mode).
- To keep the rodent population around the building or residential property as low as possible throughout the year (maintenance mode).
- To prevent rodents from proliferating close to the structure (preventative mode).
Baits Are Mostly Placed:
- Around the perimeter of the property/fence line (1st line on defense).
- Around the building (2nd line of defense).
- In and around burrows.
The distance between each placement varies depending on the severity of the infestation, and whether it is a preventive or corrective strategy.
When Placing Bait Stations at an Infested Account (Corrective Mode):
- Mainly place bait stations where the most activity is noticed (droppings, rub-marks etc.).
- Eliminate available food sources that drew rodents there to start with.
And make sure you use:
- The appropriate bait station.
- The correct active ingredient.
- Enough tools to get the job done.
Lastly, the goal is to protect the perimeter of the property from rodents being displaced towards the structure due to, new construction, road works, excessive rain/flooding, temperature changes (seeking warmer harborages) or wildfires.