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  • Frankv47 commented on ClareBS's instructable Rat bait station3 years ago
    Rat bait station

    While I do understand your concern, you need to remember that rats and mice find food (or in this case bait) mainly by smell. Birds tend to go by visual cues. Bait that isn't brightly colored and in the bird's line of sight is rarely a problem. Also, the fragrances with which baits have been treated attract rats and mice but do nothing for birds. As a result, birds getting into rodent bait stations and eating the bait is not a known problem in practice.I also should point out that _any_ bait station, including commercially produced ones, by necessity need to provide access for a rat. Since there are birds that are smaller than rats, it is technically impossible to design an effective rat bait station that will keep out birds at the same time.In closing, rats eat bird eggs and young bird...

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    While I do understand your concern, you need to remember that rats and mice find food (or in this case bait) mainly by smell. Birds tend to go by visual cues. Bait that isn't brightly colored and in the bird's line of sight is rarely a problem. Also, the fragrances with which baits have been treated attract rats and mice but do nothing for birds. As a result, birds getting into rodent bait stations and eating the bait is not a known problem in practice.I also should point out that _any_ bait station, including commercially produced ones, by necessity need to provide access for a rat. Since there are birds that are smaller than rats, it is technically impossible to design an effective rat bait station that will keep out birds at the same time.In closing, rats eat bird eggs and young birds, so in practice more birds tend to fail to reach a ripe old age due to rat activity than get killed in rat bait stations.So I agree with ClareBS in that collateral damage among your local bird population is not a valid concern.

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