Everything Pennsylvania Residents Need To Know About The Effectiveness Of Rodent Baiting
Many types of over-the-counter baiting systems that contain rodenticides have proven effective at eliminating rat infestations, but in many infestation cases, professional pest control intervention is required by law. According to Pennsylvania state law, it is legal for homeowners to use rat baiting systems and other rat control methods on their property provided that they do not have any tenants living on the property with them. However, it is illegal for residents to apply store-bought rodenticides to a property that they do not own. In other words, it is never lawful for tenants to apply rodenticides, including over-the-counter products, to their rental home. Furthermore, owners of commercial and rental properties cannot legally apply rodenticides within or around structures that are occupied by four or more separate tenants. Only pest control professionals that have been granted a pest control certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture have the legal authority to apply rodenticides to apartment buildings and homes that contain four or more separate tenants.
The two most commonly used rodenticides are “tamper-proof bait stations” and “direct burrow baiting.” Tamper-proof bait stations can be purchased in hardware stores and they are widely regarded as the safest way to expose problem rats to rodenticides. These bait stations consist of chunks of rodenticide (bait blocks) secured within a plastic container, and they are usually anchored into the ground with stakes to prevent rodents from making off with the product. Professional expertise is often needed in order to effectively use tamper-proof baits, as the bait stations must be located along the foraging trails established by rodent pests. These foraging trails can be hard for the untrained eye to recognize, but bait stations are often located along fence lines and against housing foundations. Direct burrow baiting is fairly self-explanatory, as it involves the direct placement of bait into an established rat burrow. This method is ideal for eliminating well established rat infestations within and around homes, as rats often burrow several feet into the ground against foundations in order to move in and out of homes.
Have you ever used any type of rodenticide in an effort to eliminate a rat problem?
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