Pest Management Strategies & Tactics

Remember: Don’t touch the bait – use gloves to avoid human scent (and poisoning yourself!)



The Autumn Invasion (mouse in the house) so act early (Late summer)

  • Establish Control Zone and a buffer for re-infestation
  • Use enough Bait and refresh twice in the first months then pause
  • Bait stations in cupboard, behind appliances, under floors, in ceiling space
  • 5m apart in high activity areas, 8-10m apart on outer perimeter
  • Place bait stations out of reach of children and pets
  • Check bait take weekly and replace eaten baits
  • Collect dead mice and dispose


Domestic Rats

Farm & Domestic rats are usually Norway Rats. The Stored Feed Pest – Breeds from spring to late summer and targets Silage stacks, Grain storage, Pigs and poultry feed, Sheds & homesteads.

  • Pulse baits from Sept to March
  • After initial pulse go one pulse every 6 weeks
  • Place bait stations according to activity levels
  • 2-4 blocks per station
  • Stations out of reach of children, pets and livestock
  • Establish a working perimeter (control zone)
  • Talk to your neighbours (you can help each other)
  • Target preferred habitat such as hedges, banks etc.
  • Bait stations 20-50m spacing


Forest Rats

Forest Rats are usually Ship Rats. The critical time is September to January during bird nesting and fledgling season. Ship rats are very good climbers so it’s a 3D operation.

  • More bait and less frequent visits/servicing
  • Define treatment areas and set up buffer stations on perimeter at 25m spacing’s
  • Access tracks important
  • 50m grid if possible
  • Pulse in September, repeat 2x in November
  • Remove baits in January
  • Consult with hunters and landowners (pigs may eat rats)
  • Will take out stoats via secondary poisoning
  • Permanent bait station placement is a good idea
  • Philproof type bait station



For sustained control for low-medium numbers around Forest remnants, Riparian margins, Shelterbelts, Horticulture crops, Small woodlots etc.

  • The area should be discrete and not more than a few hectares
  • Pestoff should not be used for initial control unless preceded by other methods such as traps, shooting or acute toxins
  • 2-3 pulses per year, each comprising of 1 fill and 1 replace eaten bait
  • Establish bait stations one per 100m on bush boundaries or shelterbelts or 2 per hectare in forest
  • 700gm per station, replenish after 7-10 days
  • Repeat 1-2 more times per year


Pestoff® Rodent Bait 20R is a Vertebrate Toxic Agent registered under the ACVM Act 1997 to Animal Control Products Ltd of Wanganui, New Zealand.

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