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                             Pestology Pest Management

                           Environmental Risk Assessment & External Baiting

Baiting against rats and mice externally is sometimes a necessity, and certainly a useful aid to pest control around farms, rural businesses and urban premises. There is however, an important need to prevent poisoning of non-target species such as humans, domestic pets and natural wildlife. Poisoning of voles, shrews, wood mice etc. can also have a direct affect on birds of prey that predate on these animals.  

Current legislation dictates that external baiting is confined to areas of current or specifically vulnerable areas of pest activity only, and not used as part of a general monitoring programme. Pestology is careful not to ‘over bait’ around external areas and full use is made of natural pest harbourages and burrows. The protection of wildlife is fully considered when baiting, in line with the HSE and Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use codes of best practice.

Sensible precautions are taken to ensure that rodenticides are inaccessible to non-target species and that, where present, members of the public do not have direct access. Where possible and practical, dead rodents are searched for and removed from site. 

External bait stations when used are of a tamper resistant nature and designed to prevent access from non-target species including wildlife, livestock, domestic pets, children and vulnerable adults. These can be secured in place where necessary.  

Unless specifically requested, warning notices are not used as these can often have the opposite effect in keeping people away from ‘safely’ baited or trapped areas.              

Pestology Pest Management 2016