Guest Post: Protect Your Home, Farm and Animals from Unwanted Pests

Rodent populations remain at all-time highs!  Protect your home, farm and animals from unwanted pests with a well-managed rodent control program.

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Controlling rats and mice is a constant battle that has been fought for centuries. In recent years however, milder weather patterns have created ideal conditions for rodent reproduction and increased populations. This creates numerous problems for those involved with agriculture and has many people looking for new and better ways to control rodents.

The unanticipated costs of a rodent infestation can add up quickly. Rats and mice will consume animal feed, but their droppings and urine contaminate 10x the amount that they eat.

In addition, they damage structures by burrowing under foundations or gnawing on wood and electrical wires, increasing the chance for fires.  And, of course, rodents are a biosecurity risk, spreading diseases to animals, resulting in lost production and potential vet bills.

A minor investment in a simple rodent control program can pay dividends in the long term.

Often, farmers and producers wait until they see a problem and react with baits, traps or other control methods. However, unless steps are taken to prevent problems, rodent populations will rebound and the cycle repeats itself.

mouse trapStart with environmental fixes – paying attention to sanitation and general clean up around the farm is always a good practice. Spilled or open feed provides a competing food source that reduces bait consumption.

Seal up holes or gaps that allow rodents to enter buildings and eliminate debris that could be used as shelter or harborage. Implementing a rodent control program will prevent problems before they become major issues.

Motomco manufactures a full line of Tomcat brand bait stations that are designed for use around a perimeter or interior of a structure. Per EPA regulations, bait stations are mandatory for any outdoor, above-ground application.

BaitStation2_smallAll Tomcat bait stations are EPA Tier 1 approved to secure the bait and prevent access by kids, pets, and wildlife.

Stations also protect bait from the elements, keeping it fresher and more attractive. Rodents will feel comfortable eating in a sheltered space, so acceptance is increased. Bait stations can be placed every 30-50 feet around the perimeter of a building, depending on the severity of the infestation.

Once you have stations in place, rotate between baits that have several different active ingredients, including at least one non-anticoagulant bait, such as Bromethalin. Check bait stations every 2-3 weeks, depending on the infestation, and replace bait as needed.

Move stations with low bait consumption to areas of higher activity.  Another terrific way to control rats is by burrow baiting, using bulk pellets or meal bait. This places bait underground directly where rats are traveling and likely to feed.

Motomco is committed to manufacturing the highest quality rodent control products on the market. Our team of Territory Managers and Customer Service reps are available to assist with any rodent problem.  Visit www.motomco.com for more information.

Andy Schoenherr

By Andy Schoenherr, Product Manager, Motomco Ag Division

{Andy Schoenherr is the Product Manager for Motomco’s Agriculture Division, responsible for marketing communications to the producer, dealer/farm store and crop channels. He has been in the animal health industry for over 16 years working with distribution and manufacturing.}