How To Use Bait Stations To Get Rid of Mice & Rats
Learn how this highly effective form of rodent control works and to choose the right one for your needs.
- To quickly kill your rat or mouse, place the bait stations between the suspected nest and food source.
- It's best to place the bait stations along the wall where the rodents are likely to follow.
- For best results, place bait stations for mice at intervals of 8 to 12 feet and intervals of 15 to 30 feet for rats.
If mice or rats have invaded your home or yard, you're perfectly within your rights to scream as loud as you can--for a good fifteen minutes. After that, you'll need to get serious about getting rid of these pests from your premises quickly. A single pair of mice can produce about (try not to scream again) fifty offspring in just one year and a pair of rats can produce anywhere from 24 to 84 offspring. Fortunately, using bait and bait stations to kill these trespassing pests is both simple and effective.
How Effective Are Bait Stations At Controlling Rodents?
When it comes to controlling rodents, bait stations are a popular solution. A single ounce of Tomcat® Mouse Killer bait can kill up to twelve mice*. A mere four ounces of Tomcat® Rat Killer bait can kill as many as ten rats*. When using multiple bait stations, you can quickly control your rodent infestation before it grows out of hand. Pests like mice and rats can the harbor disease. The sooner you get rid of rodents from your home, the quicker you can safeguard your food, home, and household occupants. Once a rodent nibbles a lethal dose of the bait, they will begin to die within 24 to 48 hours. It only takes a very small amount of Tomcat's bait to kill each nibbling pest.
How Do Tomcat Bait Stations Work?
A bait station is not the same as a mouse or rat trap; rather, it is a clever device that harbors a bait block. The bait block contains a poison and the station is designed to resist tampering from pets and/or children, check the product packaging to determine what type of station it is. The rodent, seeking out food, locates the bait station, crawls inside and nibbles the bait. Then it crawls back out and likely heads to its nest to die within a day or two. All Tomcat bait stations are EPA approved for either use indoors or outdoors, and are specifically designed to prevent tampering by kids or pets from accessing the secure bait depending on the type.
All Tomcat bait stations have a see-through top so you can 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 the specific rodent you are trying to kill, station tamper resistance levels, and whether you require a disposable or refillable option.
Types of Bait Stations
"Child & Dog Resistant" bait stations offer consumers the highest level of tamper resistance for both children and pets. These products can also be used indoors or outdoors. Tomcat® Child & Dog Resistant bait stations are available in both mouse and rat size. If you have a mouse problem, try the Tomcat® Mouse Killer Child & Dog Resistant, Disposable Station, and for a rat problem, use the Tomcat® Rat & Mouse Killer Child & Dog Resistant, Disposable Station.
"Child Resistant" bait stations, on the other hand, are tested to be tamper resistant when it comes to children and can only be used indoors. They should not be used outdoors or where pets are present. Tomcat Child Resistant bait stations are only available for mice, like the Tomcat® Child Resistant, Disposable Station.
The bait station resistance level can be found in the upper right corner on all Tomcat bait packages.
Tomcat has both disposable and refillable bait stations available.
- Disposable: If you mouse or rat problem is small, you might opt for a no-mess, pre-loaded disposable station.
- Refillable: If you have a severe rodent problem and prefer to purchase refillable bait stations, you should remember to always were rubber gloves when handling the bait, and store bait well out of reach of children or pets. Refillable stations available for both rats and mice.
Where To Place Bait Stations
To quickly lure rats or mice to your bait stations, you should place them between their nest and food source. As mice and rats are creatures of habit, they tend to take the same route back and forth as they scurry for food and water.
As with mechanical traps, it's best to place the bait stations along the wall where the rodents are likely to come upon them as they travel. It's common for mice to quickly enter the bait station and nibble. Rats may take a little more time to enter the station as they tend to be more cautious. If your bait stations do not get results within a couple days, you should move them to a new location. For best results, place bait stations for mice at intervals of 8 to 12 feet, and intervals of 15 to 30 feet for rats. Be sure to follow the directions on the packaging as well when placing your bait stations.
When combating a rodent infestation, bait stations can be used on their own or in conjunction with other rodent control products like mechanical traps and glue traps. Remember when loading bait in refillable stations, wear disposable gloves, place bait block the cartridge, and push the cartridge into the station until it clicks into place. Extra bait blocks should be stored in areas that children and pets cannot access, and bait blocks should not be used without a bait station.
*Based on no-choice laboratory testing