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Tamper-resistant PROTECTA Bait Stations are an integral part of baiting. They keep bait away from children, livestock, pets and other animals, as well as protect bait from dust, dirt, moisture and other contaminants so bait stays fresh longer. Use them also to monitor rodent activity to determine areas of heavy and mild infestation. Station locks with screw and allen wrench or ties. (11 1/2" x 12 x 6 1/2") This station does not use a key. Baits not included!

This station will also hold 1 Trapper T-Rex Rat snap trap



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Tamper-resistant PROTECTA Bait Stations (Model - PS2540) are an integral part of baiting. They keep bait away from children, livestock, pets and other animals, as well as protect bait from dust, dirt, moisture and other contaminants so bait stays fresh longer. Use them also to monitor rodent activity to determine areas of heavy and mild infestation.

Made of heavy-duty, injection-molded plastic, PROTECTA Bait Stations withstand the toughest baiting situations indoors and out. It's large enough to accommodate six rats and holds up to one pound of dry bait and one pint of liquid bait. Horizontal and vertical bait securing rods keep Blox bait securely in the station.

PROTECTA Bait Station is ideal for perimeter baiting and can be attached to a permanent structure or staked to the ground for added security. It locks with a locking screw and unlocks with an Allen key wrench (included). A padlock also works. Liners which fit into the bait compartment are available to make cleaning and rebaiting easier. PROTECTA Bait Station measures 11 1/2 " x 12" x 6 1/2" and is available in black, light gray and green to fit discreetly in any baiting environment.

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  • 23 of 23 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Protecta Bait Station
    By John in Gloucester, MA on 10/06/2010
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    Works Great! I used in combination with the T-Rex trap and they worked perfectly. I skipped the rat attractant and just used peanut butter - worked fine, although if you have a lot of traps liquid attractant is probably faster. I have 3 dogs and wanted to be sure they didn't get poisoned or set off the trap. I live 1/4mi from the ocean in MA so wharf rats are looking for a home this time of year - the stone foundation of my 100+ year old house likely has some gaps and a rat got inside several years ago - no fun at all. I placed several Protecta stations/T-Rex traps around the perimeter/exterior of my foundation and got a rat within days. I don't recall if there is a bait station with a see through top - if so that would save the hassle of having to open the box to see if you have a "catch" or not.

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  • 20 of 23 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Easy to bait, tamper resistant, works well!
    By Sharon in Santa Barbara, CA on 06/14/2010

    We have encircled the perimeter of our 1.5 acre property with these bait boxes, using the Supersize Blox bait and our home has been rodent free for over a year. We replace the bait every 6-8 weeks (and add snail bait to the box, too). Knowing we are rodent free is worth every penny.

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  • 13 of 13 people found this review helpful:

    4 of 5 stars  Protecta Rat Bait Station (6)
    By Jim in Prescott, AZ on 12/02/2011

    I am using the Protecta Bait Stations with Contrac Blox rat bait. Here in Arizona, we have a huge Pack Rat problem. I have been using T Rex traps, but the rats do become trap shy. I am very satisfied with the stations. They keep out rain, and keep out the birds and rabbits. I have tried putting a T Rex trap inside, but I wish you could see into the box before opening it. A few times I have opened the station to see a rat caught in the trap, still alive. A clear plastic window would help. Otherwise, a great product. After three weeks, I can't find evidence of rats anywhere!

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  • 13 of 14 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Bait Station
    By Dave in Antelope on 07/19/2011
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    Arrived quickly. Very easy to use. Convenient and easy to set up. Safe to use around my dogs. I'm very pleased.

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  • 12 of 12 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Protecta rat bait station
    By Thomas in Laguna Hills, CA on 10/02/2010

    The unit was delivered before the expected time. Once I realize that all I need to do is to make it look like the picture of the open station on the website, the station can be set up easily. The screw lock and Allen wrench key combination, as provided, is much more preferable than any special lock and key in other models. As smaller size packages (1 lb or less) are not available on the web, bait needs to be purchased at local Home Depot or Lowes stores. Watch for dead rats in the bushes!

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  • 4 of 5 stars  Works Well
    By Rocky in Castine, ME on 11/09/2016

    Does the job in doing away with the rat infestation. Only problem was placement of the trap in order to get the rats to go in.

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Satisfied Purchase
    By Burnie in Okeechobee, FL on 07/02/2016

    The product was well built and good quality. It included two methods for mounting the bait. The predrilled holes for the bait rods fit very well. I was most intrigued with the multiple latch methods. The easy spring catches, the removable tie-wrap, a Philips screw, and a place for a pad-lock.

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful:

    2 of 5 stars  So far, it doesn't seem to be working
    By Beth in Baltimore, MD on 01/03/2016

    I've been very disappointed. I live in Baltimore and the rat problem here is pretty severe. I had hopes that this might do the trick, but so far, it hasn't done anything. Rats are still burrowing into the side of my foundation and they still seem to be getting into my trash.

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Protecta Bait Stations
    By Mark in WESTFIELD on 12/30/2015

    These are the best boxes for using snap traps. They actually attract the critter. Great for flyers.

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Bait Station
    By Louis in Ft Myers, FL on 12/11/2015

    The bait station was what I expected from this vendor---Quality fine, shipping prompt & speedy----over all a great supplier.

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  • 3 of 4 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Good quality
    By Rich in Tampa, FL on 12/07/2015

    I got six of these and am happy with the build quality and usefulness of them. The plastic is good and thick, and the box latches securely even before locking it. These are solid.

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful:

    1 of 5 stars  Rat Station Bait
    By Larry in San Clemente, CA on 09/08/2015

    Not one bite on the bait. I put some in the stastions and some on the open.

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  • 3 of 4 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  bait stations
    By Doug in Gresham ne on 04/18/2015
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    All I have are dead rats and I love that!!! Thank you and pets are safe also a huge plus! Will order more

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful:

    4 of 5 stars  almost perfect
    By Joe in Boston, MA on 02/06/2015

    This is a great product in that the rodents get in and out, eat the bait, and go on their merry way. There are only two flaws. The mounting flanges that hold the bait bars in the vertical position are a bit weak and spirited rodents can band the mounting flange such that the bars no longer stay up vertical. The other problem is some mucho macho rodents have run away with the bars that were mounted in the horizontal position. I have no idea how they did that but I have opened the stations to find that the horizontal bars were missing, and the rodents had chewed upon the replaceable plastic trays that fit inside the product. This product would be perfect in the mounting flanges inside the plastic station were half an inch longer, which would beef up where the rods are inserted into the plastic.

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  • 3 of 5 stars  Rat traps
    By Lisa in Orange County CA on 11/15/2014

    Wish the traps locked like the last ones I bought a few years ago.

    Expert Response   Expert response:
    The Protecta Rat Bait Stations do not lock automatically, but they do ship with a screw and allen wrench and zip ties which can be used to secure the stations. If you prefer a station with a locking mechanism that snaps into place, the Protecta EVO Ambush Stations are quite versatile and open with a simple plastic key: http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/protecta-evo-ambush-bait-station-p-2690.html

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12/13/2009 Mike

QOnce a rat is trapped inside the Protecta Rat Bait Station, can it get out?

AThe only way a rat would go inside the Protecta Rat Bait Station and not come out is if you placed a T-Rex Rat Trap inside that killed the rat.  The stations have holes for rodents to go in and out and also are child proof and have a locking mechanism that prevent children and pets from accessing whatever is inside.  Some people place rodent poison inside the station for the rats to eat.  If this was the case the rat would go into the trap, eat the bait, and be able to leave.  Only if you place the T-Rex Snap Trap inside would the rat not be able to leave the station.

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11/10/2011 David from Concord, Nh

QHow do you "clean" a Protecta bait station and remove spoiled bait?
I have purchased Contrac Blox as well as the Protecta Bait Station. The instructions say to remove spoiled bait as well as keeping the stations "clean" as the mice will avoid the station otherwise. How do you recommend such cleaning? I have several stations that have "moldy" bait as well as numerous mice dropping but not sure if bleaching type cleaning procedures will drive the mice away from the stations themselves. Please help!

ACleaning the Proctecta Rat Bait station should only consist of removing the spoiled bait, wiping with a cloth or brushing out the station with a clean paint brush and if necessary rinsing with water to remove any leftover debris. You will make the stations less desirable if you clean them with harsh cleaners.

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01/20/2011 Joe

QHow can I kill spiders, rats, and mice on my farm without harming the other animals I raise?
I have cats, dogs, horses, goats and various rescues. Sometimes I catch the animals snacking on random things that they find laying around. I am worried that they might eat the poison. Please help, I cannot keep finding black widow spiders and other nasty insects indoors!

AYou can use a rodent bait in tamper resistant bait boxes to control the rodents on your farm. The bait boxes will secure the bait so that only rats and mice will have access to it. In most cases, well fed cats and dogs will not eat a dead rodent. In the event that they do, they would need to eat 10 or more to have any effect from the bait that killed the rodent. You can treat for spiders and other insects using an insecticide such as Talstar P. Talstar P is safe to use around animals, is non-irritating and has a very broad label covering over 75 different insects. When applying any insecticide, remove the animals from the area that is being treated, spray the area, allow the area to dry and then the animals can safely return to the treated area.

9 of 11 people found this answer helpful.
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01/11/2014 Allison from Kensington Md

QWill rabbits also be attracted to and eat the poison bait?
I am looking to protect my garden by using bait stations near our shed which is next to our garden. Will these baits also attract rabbits in addition to rats and squirrels?

AThe rodenticide baits are only labeled for rats and mice and meant to attractant these types of rodents.  That is not to say that it won't attract other rodents such as a rabbit and if a rabbit was to eat enough of the bait they would die.

7 of 7 people found this answer helpful.
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11/08/2011 Uresh from Mercer Island Wa

QWhere is the best place for rat bait stations, next to the house near drain pipes or further out in the garden?
We used to have Terminix and they placed the rat bait stations out in the garden saying that it creates a perimeter ring around the house as opposed to right up near the house where there is no "safety" perimeter. Does this make sense?

ADue to the new EPA regulations passed on June 4, 2011 you will be required to place the Protecta Rat Bait Stations around the foundation of your home and you will no longer be allowed to place the stations away from the structure. You should place the stations near areas where rodents would have best possibility of gaining entrance to your home. Near doors, vents and low windows or near other areas where you may have noticed activity would be the best choices.

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01/19/2016 Perfecto from Oxnard, Ca

QCan I use the Protecta Rat Bait Station inside the house?

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Protecta Rat Bait Stations can be used indoors and outdoors. We do not recommend using poison baits indoors because after the rats eat the bait they may go into an inaccessible area to die causing a terrible odor and possibly even a secondary insect infestation (it is a myth that there is a poison bait that will cause the rats to dry out and not smell or to leave the house in search of water). It is important that you place the traps directly in the rats travel path and bait them with an attractive bait such as nuts, dog kibble, canned tuna or peanut butter. Be patient, it could take several days or even a couple of weeks before the rats are comfortable enough with the traps to approach them and be captured. After you have eliminated your current infestation you must take the time to exclude rodents from entering your home in the future. Please take a few moments to read our article: How to Rodent Proof Your Home

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10/13/2014 Cali from Fl

QWhat could be getting into Protecta Rat Bait Station other then rats & mice
Put bait in station, and put mouse trap. Something set off trap ate bait and dragged station a foot way with brick on top in FL

AThere are a number of other rodents that could get into the Protecta Rat Bait Station. Since there are food scents in the bait, it can certainly attract squirrels, raccoon's, etc. You may need to anchor the station down. You can tie the station to something or anchor them down with bait station anchors.

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10/05/2014 Leroy from Salt Lake City, Ut

QWhere can I buy an extra key for the Protecta Rat Bait Station? I can't locate mine.

AThe Protecta Rat Bait Station does not actually come with a key. It comes with a screw that can be undone by an allen wrench which would have come with the station. This is the same type of allen wrench you can get at any hardware store or that you may have in a tool box. If you do not have the Protecta Rat Bait Station and you have one of the other styles of the Protecta line that does require a key, you can purchase one on our website here: Protecta Key For Bait Stations

1 of 1 people found this answer helpful.
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10/04/2014 Eric from Houston, Tx

QWhere do I place the Protecta Rat Bait Station and how far apart should they be placed?

AYou would place the Protecta Rat Bait Stations around the outside of the home or structure you are trying to treat. Normally you put one at each corner of a home, and if treating a commercial building, you would also want one about every 50 feet along the side of the building and near any doors. 

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07/03/2014 David from Seattle, Wa

QI have chickens, ducks and turkeys. I have a rat problem, now that I'm leaving food out for them.
The rats are multiplying rapidly. I've hiden traps with peanut butter on them and caught a few, babies that don't know better. But the large rats seem to avoid the traps. What can I use to kill them all without killing my birds?

AWe would recommending using a rodenticide inside of a rat bait station such as the Protecta Rat Bait Station . This will keep the chickens, ducks, turkey from consuming the bait, yet provide a feeding station for the rats. This station can hold up to 6 large rats and up to 1lb of bait. It is tamper resistant for children, dogs, cats, etc. Contrac Blox Rodenticide is a great choice because secondary poisoning is very minimal with Contrac as an antidote to the poison (vitamin K1) is readily available.

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01/25/2014 Marilyn from Dahlonega, Georgia

QWe have large 12" small cat sized rats in an ex-restaurant that is being renovated. What do you recomend?
This building is part of a historic district in a town of about 30,000 people

A

The Protecta Rat Bait Station will work great for you. However, we recommend to use bait stations and rodenticide outdoors. Here are the steps we recommend:

If an infesation already exists in a commercial kitchen, the use of glue boards and or snap traps will be necessary. Place the traps near areas where dropping have been found or near areas where rodents or rodent damage has been found. The use of rodenticides (rat poison or mouse poison) is usually inappropriate in indoor areas. A rodent could succumb to the effects of the bait and die in an area that is inaccessible causing a horrible stench, flies, maggots, roaches, and beetles. After you get rid of the rodents indoors, you will need to stop new rodents from taking their place. Rats and mice are notorious for finding their way indoors. They can find even the tiniest crack in a structure and force there way in. Here are some hints and tips to help prevent an infestation:

  • Try to locate as many entry points as possible and seal them with Stuf Fit Copper Mesh or other suitable material

  • Keep dumpster areas as clean as possible and keep lids closed when not in use.

  • Keep grassy areas mowed to eliminate possible hiding spots.

  • Place rodent bait stations near dumpster areas and along outdoor structure walls to kill rodents outdoors.

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09/23/2013 Marie from Portland Oregon

QHow do you stake the Protecta Rat Bait Station to the ground?

AProtecta Rat Bait Stations can be anchored to the ground using an anchoring device such as one of our Protecta Load-N-Lock Systems or by using a Bait Station Anchor.

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08/26/2013 Melissa from Fairfax Virginia

QI received my protecta rat bait station but I need help setting it up. Please help.

ATo see how to set up the Protecta Rat Bait Station please use the product instruction label that is provided on the product page for the item. You can also click HERE to see it for set up. You can also see our videos section on our website to watch where to place the bait stations around the home.

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08/22/2013 Jim from Tampa, Fl

QIf I place the Protecta Rat bait station on a patio or paver, do the entrances need to be at ground level?

AYes, you will want them to be able to gain access to the bait inside. We recommend that the Protecta Rat Bait Stations be placed within 50 feet of the building in the rodents travel pathways.

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08/15/2013 Cooper from Maryland

QTime Frame
How long after consuming the poison will the rat live?

AWe apologize we are unclear which rat bait you are referring too. If you are referring to Contrac Blox it will take anywhere between 1-5 days to kill. The kill time is listed on each rodenticide product page.

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