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
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 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.