The control of pests is imperative to a healthy and productive Farm. There are a number things farmers and ranchers can do to help keep the pests away:
- Tidy up the farmyard and remove any shrubbery, long grass, old machinery and general debris, ideally within a 30m radius of farm buildings.
- Close all holes and possible points of entry – such as where pipes pass through a wall – and eliminate openings around doors and windows. Guards on downpipes and screens on grills and airways will also help.
- Remove debris that rodents can use for nesting, such as piles of wood, piping, rubble, feed bags, and old equipment.
- Feed stores need to be secure, well maintained and kept as rat-proof as possible. Livestock farmers face a specific set of issues, because it is difficult to remove the rodent’s source of food.
When the above measures are not enough, The RM of McKillop offers free rat poison to all farms within the RM. It can be picked up at the RM Administration Office at, 103 Ashley Street, Bulyea. you can also contact our Pest Control Officer for assistance with your pest control or for delivery of rat poison.
PCO - Lorne White: 306-551-7410
Here are some helpful hints on how to more effectively bait pests:
- Set a planned approach to your baiting control program, which should have a start, middle and end. This may take as few as 14 days and usually no more than five weeks to clear a rat colony, depending on the severity of infestation.
- Proprietary bait stations can be ineffective, given the natural wariness of rats, so create bait stations from materials already found in their environment.
- Cold, shiny plastic boxes with at least one right-angle turn and mostly too small to sit up in or to eat in a group won’t attract rats. Instead, use familiar, readily available farmyard materials such as corrugated iron, wooden sheeting, pallets, slates, tiles, bricks, blocks or old tire to build simple bait stations.
- Robust construction and small enough entry points to deny dogs or cats access is important. Sturdy wooden trays around 150 x 76mm (6 x 3in) make good bait containers, protected by an immovable structure with an entry height of about 76mm (3in) and an internal height of 150-200mm (6-8in).
- Wooden or corrugated-iron sheets propped up at a shallow angle against walls and weighted down with bricks also work well. As do pallets raised up on bricks, blocks or old fence posts and securely covered with sheeting; the same goes for loose stacks of bricks or blocks roofed with old tiles or slates.