Choosing The Correct Bait Station

01/01/2021

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Choosing the correct bait station for your pest control business is an important decision, which can lead to your rodent control program being more successful. Besides your bait station is an important control measure, it is also your eyes and ears monitoring rodent activity when your technicians are off-site.

Selecting the placement of your bait station is a critical aspect of your inspection and control process. Bait stations should be placed strategically when rodent activity is occurring.

There are a variety of bait station designs to consider for your account. In addition to the five features below, having a bait station that is easy to use is essential to your technician’s and service specialist’s overall job satisfaction.

Key features to consider:

  • Time-saving: Use stations designed for quick servicing; decreased service time means more time in accounts.  The extra time can be used to better inspect rodent activity, implement exclusionary measures or to enhance profitability.
  • Versatility: Consider choosing a station that accommodates a variety of baiting techniques and placements.  A versatile station can hold snap traps as well as different bait formulations.
  • Design: Choose stations that blend into the environment or surroundings.  Customers will be willing to pay more for stations that are camouflaged in their environment.
  • Security: Bait stations that provide access to rodenticide for rodents but protect against non-target exposure are most preferred, as they limit liability and follow best practices. Tier 1 stations should be used wherever possible. These stations have passed the required tests, providing peace of mind to you and your customer.
  • Electronic monitoring capabilities: Smart rodent technology can eliminate the repetitive and time-consuming aspects of a rodent account visit, such as checking empty traps and relying on bait consumption to estimate when and where rodents traveled at accounts. When PMPs shift their time and energy toward solving the rodent problems exactly where activity occurs, they are able to fix the problems faster. Notifications, timestamps, and account trend information is the difference between knowing and guessing rodent activity.

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