Con­trol­ling rats around your home

Element - - Well Being -

The sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween what DOC is do­ing on a national scale and what peo­ple might do in their gar­dens is very sim­i­lar. Th­ese guide­lines are for on­go­ing rat con­trol rather than a swift erad­i­ca­tion.

Set goals – such as more na­tive birds in gar­dens and less home-grown pro­duce be­ing eaten.

Co-or­di­nate and mon­i­tor traps. One trap or bait sta­tion per acre may well be suf­fi­cient if checked reg­u­larly.

Re­port num­bers of rats killed or caught to group/net­work and add up to then as­sess num­bers within a given area. This will then tell you how well you are mak­ing in­roads to a pop­u­la­tion. Ex­pect about 4 to 7 rats to be the aver­age pop­u­la­tion per acre.

Reg­u­larly change meth­ods. Swap bait ev­ery six months or change from baits to traps.

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