...I saw something out of the corner of my eye. I didn't worry about it. Then next time I was working there I saw it again. Finally when I moved some bags I saw that a corner had been chewed...
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 rats or mice?
If you are seeing signs of gnawing damage, hearing scampering or squealing sounds in ceilings or walls, finding or smelling rodent urine but haven't seen the culprit, look for droppings. Rat droppings are larger than mouse droppings at around 1cm or more in length. Mouse droppings are only half this size and thinner. Different baiting instructions apply according to which pest is present. In some case both may be present if the environment is suitable and population numbers of both are high.
I have only one rat/mouse in my house which I am baiting but does not die - why not?
Rats and mice are never solitary, they exist in large groups but not all individuals are brave enough to be seen by humans. You have more rodents than you think and the amount of bait is not enough for each individual to receive a lethal dose.
I have rodents but they are not eating the bait.
If there are no other food sources (animal food, bird seed, paper, old clothes or books, polystyrene, soap, garbage or compost), then they could be avoiding the bait station due to the smell of humans on the package. Wear gloves when laying out the baits.
My bait stations are all empty in the morning and the rodents have not gone away.
More bait stations are needed to cope with the number of rodents, they are receiving a sub-lethal dose per individual because there is not enough bait. Check daily and keep topped up for at least 2 weeks until they stop eating it.
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 or Coumatetralyl based products such as Ratsak Double Strength 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, which is more potent and takes a much smaller amount to kill per kg body weight.
Care must be taken when using any rodenticide that other animals are not allowed to eat a poisoned corpse. These should be removed and disposed of as per label.
Of course bait stations themselves should not be accessible to children or pets.
Why can't I use Ratsak outside in the yard?
Instructions on pack detail where the product may legally be used. Generally the product cannot be used in the open due to risk of affecting children or non-target animals.
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 Fast Action says it kills in one feed. All the bait is gone but the rats are still there. When will it work?
Brodifacouim takes up to 7 days to work after the rodent eating it.
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.