NPAP commissions a special report on the use of bait stations in rodent control.

The research carried out by scientists at the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) into the adverse environmental effect of using rodenticide baits in bait stations is now to be presented in a special report issued by the CIEH.

The report, written by Roger Quy of Fera, explains that while using tamper-resistant bait boxes is correct in some situations, the use extends the time taken to achieve control. Where it is permissible to use burrow baiting or secure baiting alternatives, these will generally produce quicker control.

This is environmentally more responsible because the longer the treatment takes, the greater the risk that non-target species will be affected.

The report is to be published by NPAP in October. Copies will be available from npap@cieh.org or will be available to download free of charge from www.cieh.org/npap.