Ditrac rat bait provided by Bay of Plenty Regional Council is, once again available to individual property owners to support enhancing the biodiversity at Lake Okareka. We are especially interested in getting more lake side properties involved with rat bait stations. We believe that the results Lake Tarawera are getting with the increase in numbers of dab chicks could be due in part to their successful rat bait programme. They have many lakeside properties there involved. If you are interested, 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. The 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 – made by the Lake Tarawera Pest Management Group and cost is $35. Marcel van Leeuwen, a Lake Okareka resident is also making bait stations, cost is $20, contact Marcel on 362 8468 or email email@example.com to order them.
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 Bob Scope bait station for $35, please contact:
- Mike & Sandra Goodwin phone 362 8865, 2 Pryce Road.
- Rod Stace phone 362 8523, 30 Summit Road.