Every year, thousands of local pets, and other non-target species are poisoned with rodent bait. Most of the damage is caused by home owners and renters who toss rodent control packets around the exterior of their homes, in flower beds and other areas where rats have been seen, only to have their dogs, or neighbor dogs get into the bait. These are the steps, we as professionals follow to keep pets safe.
Bait station standards.
The primary goal in all bait station placements is child and pet safety, and the protection of non-target species. The secondary goal is the control of commensal rodents (mice and rats).
Bait placements in any area where pets or children could be present must occur in Level 1. Tamper resistant bait stations.
All bait stations must be secured. Properly secured bait stations will either be attached to an exterior concrete pier pad (picture 1) or will contain a concrete pier pad (picture 2). Alternative attachments can be made either with an approved industrial strength adhesive to concrete walls (picture 3), landscape boulders, or with wood screws onto solid railroad ties, deck beams, or fence posts.
All bait in every station must be placed on a bait holder rod. If the interior plastic bait tray has been damaged and bait security could be compromised, the plastic insert tray must be replaced. If it cannot be replaced at the time of service, the station must be left empty and we will make every effort to return within a week to provide a new insert tray, and supply bait to the station
Bait station security:
All bait stations must be locked. If a lock is damaged or lost, or a lid is not fully functional, the bait station must be left empty and we will make every effort to return within a week to provide a new lock or lid, and supply bait to the station.
All stations must be labeled. While the label must be present on the exterior of the station, and accessible on site, it can be placed in areas that are less conspicuous than the top cover. Labels contain the name of the active ingredient and emergency contact numbers.
To maintain bait freshness and attractiveness, and therefore its effective life in the station, bait must be placed in a plastic baggy (sandwich bag). Plastic baggies do not inhibit rodent feeding behavior.
Protection of non-target species:
Safeguard is moving toward installing copper slug repellent tape on all bait stations to reduce the amount of bait lost to slugs and to better monitor bait consumption, to protect non-target species. In the event that the plastic bags holding the bait appear shredded, or the bait in a station is always consumed, the station should be fitted with a baffle to prevent access by non-target species.
Bait station interiors and exteriors should be kept clean.
Bait Station Removal
Bait Stations and devices will be removed promptly when requested and when our regular service with a property is curtailed.