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What is the difference between Fast Action and Double Strength Ratsak bait?
Ratsak bait comes in two formats:
- Double Strength pellets, area multiple feed Warfarin-based bait. Rodents must consume the bait over a few days to consume a lethal dose. This bait reduces the possibility of secondary poisoning too.
- Fast Action pellets and wax blocks are a Brodifacoum bait and need to be consumed only once to consume a lethal dose, however, most deaths occur between four to seven days.
Maintain an uninterrupted supply of all bait over 14 days for effective control.
Do I need to tear open the Ratsak Fast Action Throw Packs before throwing them?
No, Ratsak Fast Action Throw Packs are designed to be chewed through by rats and mice. There is no need to open the packets before throwing them, in fact doing so can lead to pellets being scattered outside of the target area.
My Ratsak Fast Action Wax Blocks are enclosed in individual plastic wrappers, do I need to remove them first?
Yes, ensure the plastic wrapping is removed from each waxblock before placement. Avoid touching the waxblock.
How do I know if I have a rat or mouse infestation?
Mice are usually much smaller than a rat usually around 7.5cm to 10cm and they have a smaller tail. Their colourings and markings can include light grey, white, light brown and black. Mice can do considerable damage to grain crops as well as homes. They can contaminate any food they come into contact with including pet food.
By contrast, rats are much bigger around 16 cm to 20 cm long. They may be a cream colour, grey, black or light brown. They have a smooth coat and big, thin ears.
The most common rat species are the Rattus Rattus (also known as Black or Roof Rat) and the Norway Rat (also known as Brown, Norway, Street or Sewer Rat). The most common mouse species is the House or Field Mouse. These rodents can be distinguished by their physical appearance.
I am baiting but there still seems to be signs of rodent activity, why?
Rats and mice are never solitary, they exist in groups but not all individuals make their presence evident. You have more rodents than you think, so be patient and keep baiting until rodent activity ceases. This is usually within a 14 day period.
Ratsak bait comes in Double Strength pellets, which is a multiple feed bait. Rodents must consume the bait over a few days to consume a lethal dose. Fast Action pellets and wax blocks need to be consumed only once to consume a lethal dose, however, most deaths occur between four to seven days. Maintain an uninterrupted supply of all bait over 14 days for effective control.
What is secondary poisoning and are my pets at risk?
Secondary poisoning can occur if another animal eats the corpse of a rodent containing certain types of more potent rodenticide. Warfarin based products such as Ratsak Double Strength pellets are less likely to cause secondary poisoning as larger amounts of active need to be ingested over a longer period per kg of body weight compared to products containing Brodifacoum, such as Ratsak Fast Action wax blocks or pellets, which is more potent and takes a much smaller amount to kill per kg body weight.
Care must be taken when using any rodenticide to ensure animals are not allowed to eat a poisoned corpse. These should be removed and disposed of as per label. Vait stations themselves should not be accessible to children or pets, and should be placed in areas above the ground where there are signs of rodent activity.
Ratsak’s new range of Reusable and Disposable Bait Stations are a great alternative to keep bait away from pets.
My Ratsak pellets go mouldy under the house what can I do?
For damp places use Ratsak Wax Blocks which will not develop mould as do cereal based pellets.
Ratsak’s new range of Reusable and Disposable Bait Stations with wax blocks are a great alternative for indoor and outdoor use and keep bait away from pets.
Cockroaches are being attracted to the product. Will it kill them too?
No, you will need to use separate cockroach control products and/or a non-cereal based pellets.