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Livestock-Proof Rat Bait Feeder
A do-it-yourself livestock-proof- rat and mouse bait "tube" feeder developed at Purdue University can be used inside livestock confinement buildings without posing any danger to livestock.
The "tube-baiter" is a 12-in. long length of PVC pipe with a pair of 2-lb. bait blocks wired inside. A pair of 3/16-in. holes are drilled 2 in. apart through both sides of the pipe to thread a length of 18-ga. wire through the bait blocks to secure them back-to-back at the center of the tube. A 2-in. dia. tube is recommended for mice and a 3-in. dia. tube for rats.
"Tube-baiters can be placed beside pen dividers, between feeders, on wall ledges, on the floor or anywhere rats or mice feed," says Bob Corrigan, rodent control specialist. "They work much better than enclosed box-style bait stations because. you never have to worry about bait spilling out of the station and livestock eating the bait. The bait is far enough inside the tube that hogs won't be able to reach it, and they can't destroy the tube. Tube-baiters also work great outside because they're safe for pets. Tubes can be used over and over and, if desired, can be nailed or screwed to a wall. A 10-ft. length of 3-in. PVC pipe costs $13 to $14 and makes 10 tube-baiters."
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bob Corrigan, Dept. of Entomology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. 47907 (ph 317 494-4554).

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1990 - Volume #14, Issue #4