What are they for?
Rat and mouse bait stations or bait boxes are for containing rodenticide when controlling rats and mice both indoors and outdoors in either domestic or commercial applications. Some will also accept a rat trap or mouse trap.
Why do I need to use them?
It is important that when using rodenticide you eliminate any risk of poisoning to non-target species, for example your household pet or even young child. Placing rodenticide in these boxes greatly reduces that risk.
A rat or mouse trap coming down onto small fingers or an enquiring nose can be very painful or even worse, so when using traps in a busy area placing them in a bait station can eliminate any accidental injury.
Which one should I choose?
There is quite a selection of rat bait boxes and mouse bait boxes available, but they all fill the same basic function. The important thing is to ensure you choose one that is lockable and will be supplied with a key. There is no point buying a box that cannot be locked.
Most rat bait boxes are very similar and most will accept poison in all forms and also a rat trap. The SX One Rat Bait Box will only accept a Snap E Rat Trap, but both the Bora Rat Bait Box and Protecta Sidekick Rat Bait Box will take either the Snap E Rat Trap or Trapper T Rex Rat Trap.
Do not place both poison and a trap in the box at the same time use multiple boxes if you wish to simultaneously employ both methods of control.
Mouse bait boxes are available in a greater range than the rat ones, most aren’t large enough to accept traps just poison. They come in different shapes some designed to fit corners or very small spaces. The Protecta Mouse Bait box will accept the Trapper MiniRex Mouse Trap.
How do I bait Them?
Rat poison and mouse poison is available in block form, grain form and paste/pasta form. Bait boxes will accept all these formulations. The block form bait is held on either metal rods or plastic spikes within the boxes. The grain and paste bait comes in sachets these can be left unopened and placed in the feeding area of the box or pierced on a spike or rod
Where do I place the bait boxes?
Rats can be very wary of new objects placed in their territory and will take a while to to show interest in their contents. Try and identify where the rats are active and even better find one of their runs and place the box on the run. These are often easier to identify outdoors. You can rub some garden refuse around the box to remove any unfamiliar odours and perhaps disguise with a piece of slate or wood, anything to make it blend in with the environment.
Mice are much more gullible than rats and their inquisitive nature means they will much more readily investigate a bait box and it contents. Place the bait boxes against the edges of skirtings or cupboards, under sinks and kitchen units. Mice love to climb, so place them in areas other than the floor. If you find there has been no activity in the boxes move them around to other areas.
Check boxes regularly for signs of feeding and replace the poison as required.