How to Use Bait & Bait Stations
Learn how this highly effective form of rodent control works and to choose the right one for your needs.
TOMCAT Offers a Line of Effective Mouse and Rat Killers in Tamper Resistant Stations
Mice and rats can become a serious problem quickly. One pair of mice can produce over 40-48 and rats can produce 24-84 offspring in a year. Baits, when used standalone or as part of a total system of rodent control with traps, can be powerful tools in the war against rodents.
TOMCAT Mouse and Rat Killers are Extremely Effective
TOMCAT Mouse and Rat Killers are extremely effective in killing a single rodent to a large population. For example, each 28-g bait bloack in TOMCAT Mouse Killer Disposable Bait Stations can kill up to 12 mice* to help take care of your mouse problem before it becomes an infestation. A mouse can eat a lethal dose of TOMCAT Mouse Killer in a single night's feeding and mice begin to die in 1-2 days. A mouse requires a very little amount of TOMCAT baits to become ill and die. Just because there is not a large amount of bait missing does not mean it is not working. *based on no-choice laboratory testing
TOMCAT Bait Stations
All TOMCAT baits come with a station to hold the bait blocks. A bait station is not a trap but rather a device that protects children, dogs, cats, and other wildlife from accidental poisoning by coming into contact with rodent bait. It holds the bait securely inside. Rodents enter, eat the bait, leave the station, and usually go back to their nest and die.
You can see through the top of the bait station to monitor bait usage.
TOMCAT sells bait stations that meet your varying needs, so you can choose the product that's right for you! You can choose based on station tamper resistance levels and whether you want a disposable or refillable option.
Station Tamper Resistance Options
The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has provided a system to classify bait station resistance. Each TOMCAT Mouse or Rat Killer has the logo to designate station security in the upper right hand corner of the package.
Tier 1 is the highest level of bait station security. These stations can be used outdoors and are resistant to tampering by children and dogs.
Tier 3 stations are tested thoroughly for resistance to tampering by children.
What about cats? Bait stations are not certified for cat resistance as a cat's jaw power does not typically allow for puncture of most covered plastic stations.
Disposable and Refillable Options
Bait stations also come in disposable and refillable options.
- Disposable: If you have a rodent problem that is manageable with a few bait block placements and do not want to deal with touching or storing loose bait blocks for safety reasons, disposable stations are the right choice for you. Simply remove from the box and place. They are ready to use out of the box.
- Refillable: If you have a larger issue or rodent problems that persist throughout the year or seasonally, refillable bait stations provide a way to replenish the bait supply in each station. To set a refillable bait station, take the station from the box or bag. With your left hand, push the tab up on the bottom of the station. While still holding tab, squeeze prongs of the bait cartridge and pull away from the station.
To load bait, put on disposable gloves, place bait refill from bag or box into the cartridge. Push the cartridge into the station until it clicks into place. Bait outside of the secure stations should be stored in areas that children and pets cannot access.
Placing a Filled Bait Station
Place either a disposable or a loaded refillable station in an area where rodents will find it - typically between their nest and their food source.
That means placing bait stations along rodent runways next to walls; in dark, secluded areas where rodents like to hide like next to the refrigerator; in locations where you've seen signs of rats and mice (droppings, gnaw marks, nesting materials) or heard their movement at night. You may have to place bait stations in attics, along rafters and in drop ceilings near their area of activity.