The main reason that we use tamper-resistant bait stations is to protect children and non-targets from toxic bait. There are also many other good reasons for using bait stations on a regular basis:

  • Bait stations protect the bait or trap from the elements, keeping it free of moisture and dirt or dust.
  • Bait stations keep rodent snap traps or glue boards away from children or non-target animals.
  • Bait stations can be used to monitor rodent activity when nontoxic block baits are used instead.
  • Bait stations prevent accidental spillage and product contamination when used in food facilities.
  • Bait stations can save your company money because bait stays in place and remains palatable longer.
  • Bait stations entice rodents, especially mice, to enter the dark, enclosed space where they feel protected.
  • Bait stations that are anchored help prevent theft or relocation of your equipment.
  • Bait stations provide a place for you to display company information such as contact phone numbers, product information, special warnings or instructions.


Indoors, place bait stations as you would rodent traps: along runways leading to a food source, next to walls, behind objects, in corners, and where there are rodent signs. Place the long side of the station (without entrances) flush against the wall with openings facing out. For roof rats, also secure bait stations to higher runways such as pipes, beams, or ledges. For rats, place bait stations every 15-30 feet (4.5-9 m) apart, depending on pest levels; for mice, every 8-12 feet (2.8-4 m).

Overlooking stations with bait could make the rodents wary; follow label directions. It may take days for shy rats to enter newly placed stations. Be patient. Check bait stations and replace bait according to label and manufacturer’s directions.

Benefits of Bait Stations

Bait stations enhance the efficiency of rodenticide use by providing one or more of the following benefits:

  • protect bait from moisture and dust;
  • provide a protected place for rodents to feed, allowing them to feel more secure and consume more bait;
  • keep non-target species, including pets, livestock, wildlife, and children away from toxic baits;
  • permit bait placement in otherwise difficult locations given weather or potential hazards to non-target animals;
  • help prevent the accidental spilling of bait; and
  • Offer the applicator easy access to bait to determine the amount of feeding by rodents, and for refilling.