Posts tagged ‘rodent’

October 24, 2012

Fast-Acting Rodent Baits

by jteaton

Many times people think that fast-acting rodent bait means a larger amount of active ingredients, the “more is better” way of thinking. When it comes to rodenticides with an active ingredient like Bromethalin in our Top Gun™ Baits, this is not the case.
Top Gun™ Bait is a product that disrupts energy at a cellular level, causing the rodent to become weaker over a 48-hour period. In a poisoned rodent, fluid builds up around the nerves which results in paralysis and death.
The great thing about this type of bait is that the rodent begins to feel the effects within the first 12 hours or less, so it doesn’t feel like consuming more bait as with second generation anticoagulants where a rodent can feed up to 3 days. Less rodenticide in the blood and stomach of the rodent means less risk of secondary poisoning for non-targets. On average, a mouse can consume just 2.5 grams (a rat 7-8 grams) for a lethal dose; for the most part that’s just a single feeding.
When it comes to secondary poisoning, larger animal needs to consume large amounts of Top Gun™ Bait for a lethal effect. If a cat or dog consumes a dead rodent, they’re not likely to be poisoned. This is good news for the PMP whose customers are now demanding lower-risk products.
For more information, visit http://www.jteaton.com and review the label and MSDS sheets for our Top Gun™ baits.

James Rodriguez
Western Territory Manager
J.T. Eaton Co., Inc.
(818) 640-4587

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December 5, 2011

Bait Station Anchoring

by jteaton

Bait Station Anchoring

Recently I was at a restaurant and found a bait station exposed out in the open and I was a bit disappointed. I put it back in its place next to the building and called the company; not to berate them but to remind them that cable anchors would have a been a good choice for this location (since the company I work for makes them).  My words seemed to fall on deaf ears– I’ll never know if they corrected the problem.

The “what ifs” came to mind after hanging up the phone: what if a dog got to the bait?  What if a child picked up the box and bait came out?  What if an Inspector ate here?  What if some teenager started kicking the box around?  The bottom line is: what if a secondary poisoning call was reported– was it worth not securing a bait station?

Insurance claims aren’t cheap and we’re always faced with the risk of litigation.  Doesn’t it make sense to have every bait box secured and to have a standard protocol for anchoring on all bait stations?

Here’s a test for you to consider when it comes to liability: ask a child you know around seven years old to pick up a new bait box with a few rocks in it, I don’t care if it has a rock attached to the station, and move it about 10 feet.  If the child is successful you should think about a better system of anchoring in order to prevent that “unwanted call” of an accidental poisoning.

James Rodriguez

Territory Manager

J.T. Eaton Co., Inc.

(818) 640-4587