I made two rat bait stations. I designed both to be shower-proof. See what it looks like close -up, and how to make one cheaply yourself.
Rats enters the plastic pipe at either end. I cut the pipe ends so there is an overhang to keep rain out of the pipe. Think of it as a tiny rat porch. (Ha).
They eat the bait or carry it away and store it for later. That’s good too.
Hopefully they are attracted by my artwork (picture of dead rat).
Put a third of a can of poison pellets at a time. Replace them often. This is better than putting a large pile of pellets. Keep them fresh.
See the hole is sideways so any rainwater that might run down the pipe does not enter the bucket. It runs right out the other end. So the pellets are kept dry. This system has worked well for over two years. The mice die too. However, one did die in the wall. Ewww. It is efficient with the only disadvantage being rats can die in the ceiling or walls. Still keen? This is how I made it.
- Get a bucket with a fitting lid, and a short length of rain-water down-pipe.
2. Cut the plastic down-pipe to approximate length with a saw. I cut both ends on a slight angle so the top of the pipe at each end acts as a Rat Porch (or rain cover) as it overhangs by a centimeter.
3. Cut two holes in the bucket so the pipe can fit through.
4. Cut a hole in the pipe for the rat or mouse to crawl up and over into the inside of the bucket. Use silicon sealer to seal the join between the pipe and the bucket. It comes in a tube from the hardware store.
5. Before applying the silicon sealant, rotate the pipe so that the middle hole faces sideways (not down) so if it rains, any water will run in one end of the pipe and out the other. If the pipe hole points down then rain water will spoil the bait and the bucket will not be kept dry. Rotate the pipe so the hole is on the side. Then the rat will see the bait and water will not fill the bucket.
6. Rain water entering the pipe will not enter the bucket.
7. It will trickle past the inside hole. But a rat will be able to see the bait and climb over to eat it.
8. Use only a small amount of bait. I use one can. Check it weekly. If it has been eaten, add some more bait.
9. If you add too much bait at once the bait can go moldy. I recommend you use small amounts of fresh poison pellets, frequently.
To protect children and dogs, you can put a padlock on the lid and bucket. Another way is to wire the lid shut, but some children may still be able to open a tied wire.
This is the hole I made.
I used tin snips to cut the hole.
I like it that it is weather-proof and portable. I can pick it up and move it easily. It can stay indoors if there are mice. Outside for rats. I keep my bait station outside, under a carport shelter, out of the sun and rain, and I check on it every month. It does the job. It was free.