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Bait Stations For Rodents

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Bait stations provide an effective way to eliminate rats, mice, and other small rodents. Learn about bait stations. Then, place a series of stations in areas where rodents or rodent droppings have been discovered.

Bait Stations

Bait stations are containers that are designed to trap rodents. A station may be constructed of plastic, metal, wood, or another rigid material. A bait station's purpose is to lure rodents inside. A visible entryway will provide rodents with plenty of room to enter a station.

Some stations are designed to trap rodents. A station that traps will contain a one-way door that will only allow a rodent to enter. A station that isn't designed to trap rodents will require the use of a rodenticide product. A rodenticide is a poisonous product that is formulated to kill rodents.

Once rodents consume the rodenticide, they will die off. Rodents who have consumed a rodenticide product can spread the poison to other rodents that they come in contact with. 

Station Selection

A pest control technician may recommend the purchase of manufactured stations. Manufactured bait stations can be set up indoors or outdoors. It is also possible to make homemade bait stations. If you choose to go this route, use a sturdy box for each station. Use a utility knife to make a doorway along one side of each box.

After you have chosen to purchase manufactured bait stations or make homemade ones, purchase food and/or a rodenticide product. Rodent food consists of a grain and seed formula. A rodenticide product will come in a gel, block, or liquid form. The food and rodenticide product will lure rodents into the stations that you set up.


After your home is inspected for a rodent infestation, set up the bait stations. Place the stations in any area where a pest control technician has discovered the presence of rodents. Each station should be set up on solid flooring or level ground. Once you have secured all of the stations, add rodent food and/or rodenticide to each station. 


If you have used stations with one-way doors, you will need to empty the stations as rodents become trapped. Release live rodents into the wild.

If any of the rodents that you have trapped are dead, use gloves when disposing of them. A small shovel can be used to scoop up dead rodents that you are disposing of. Clean out each bait station before placing it back in the spot where it was originally set up in. 

Contact a local company to learn more about rodent control.