T-O-X-I-C Bait

Driving between accounts, I will notice commercial properties that have bait stations on the exterior. I’ve been a pest control service specialist for more than a decade, and can usually identify what company placed those bait stations. Sometimes it’s a major player, sometimes it’s the local independent folks. There are some differences, but when properly maintained, all stations work similarly.

Cleaning at regular service intervals will help make your bait station a suitable lunch box for rodents. You wouldn’t want your kitchen table to be filthy. Rodents feel the same way. When you do maintenance, cleaning, and replace bait, you will be able to determine what activity happened between services. This is valuable information when looking at trending.


You’re great at bait station servicing. I know you are, but that technician who serviced the account next door just didn’t care today. You can see those devices, and can’t believe how a fellow professional could put your account at risk. Yes. At Risk.

Those dirty rodent stations with the trash and leaves hanging out the side are giving your customer a level of vulnerability. Rodents like it at the building next door for harboring. No one is bothering them. No one has cleaned the bait stations. No one cares. It’s a safe haven inside that box.

You are careful about your cleaning, baiting, and placements of your stations. You are providing a clean meal table. When rodents come to feed. There is no need to give them a reason to stay. Keep up the good work.

It’s important to manage the area around bait stations. Reduce trash, debris, foliage, or anything that is, or could be, used as harborage material. Let your bait placements be the only toxic items near your facility. Then, go sell the account next door.

Published by Melisa Arnold, A.C.E.

My career in pest management began while working in a flour mill as the “in-house” technician in 2008. I am certified in multiple states. I began working full time as a fumigation-pest control tech in 2010. I achieved my Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) in 2018. I have a Master Tech certification from Kansas State University/Kansas Pest Control Association. I hold a Bat Management certification from NWCOA. Every day, I realize how much I DON’T KNOW. My goal for this blog is to share my every day experiences from the field and to make us all think outside the box for solutions to make pest control make sense.

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