The weather we have had recently - warm and damp - will cause the bait to go off quite quickly. Rats are definitely active again following the warmer summer - those doing rat and mustelid trapping in the riparian strip are finding this in the past couple of weeks. The best thing for you to do is to please remove the old rat bait, wrap it in a plastic bag and put into your rubbish sack. Rats can detect mould well before we can see it with the human eye. The bait becomes unpalatable to the rats and we hate to see disapponited rats! So please re-stock your rat bait stations with fresh bait and keep a close eye on what happens to the bait over the next few days and weeks. There is still some rat bait available and it is a very good idea to keep the bait stations stocked up to help protect bird life in the area over the next couple of months.
Landcare Okareka is supplied Ditrac rat bait under a Biodiversity Management Plan with Bay of Plenty Regional Council. The rat bait is available to individual property owners, with their own bait stations, to help support enhancing the biodiversity at Lake Okareka. If you are interested to take part, but maybe feel that you do not come to your property often enough to keep the bait station full, please contact us. We may be able to work out a partnering system with someone who lives here permanently, and is prepared to keep your bait station filled. Ditrac is a poison, and care must be taken when using it.
How to Use Ditrac Bait:
It is recommended that bait be fed in a type of bait station, fitted with a locating rod, that does not allow the rats to carry baits away to be stored. The baits have holes in them and they thread onto the rod. Rats and mice eat the bait in the bait station. Bait station protects the bait from the weather. It means also that bait cannot be eaten by non-target species such as birds, dogs, cats and children.
Bait stations are available by contacting Mike and Sandra Goodwin 362 8865 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We have a new type of lockable bait station, like a small suitcase. They also have locating pins for the bait. Cost of these is $25. Please give us a call if you would like to purchase a bait station for your property.
Do you have a bait station already? That's great if you do. When you collect your bait you will need to confirm your name and address and the address of the bait station. We need to update our data base about bait stations and where they are located throughout Okareka – and many thanks to everyone who has done this so far.
How do I get bait now? Bait is available in labelled, zip lock bags, containing 12 rat baits. This is enough bait to fill one bait station 2 times during a month. Bait stations should usually not be filled more than twice during a month, otherwise you are wasting bait and feeding potentially dead rats and mice.
If you require the bait or a lockable bait station for $25, please contact Mike & Sandra Goodwin phone 362 8865, 2 Pryce Road or Rod Stace phone 362 8523, 30 Summit Road or Mike Vincent 362 8376, 11 Branch Road. Please phone first to arrange a suitable time to collect bait or a bait station.