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Your first risk: Drip Feeding

Your first risk: Drip Feeding

What is it?

Drip Feeding is a process where rodents are not consuming enough poison for the lethal dose (LD50) to be ingested. With first generation rodenticides repeat drip feeding could result in rodents building up tolerance to the active. However with the Second generation rodenticides, including Pest Experts Formula ‘B’ rodenticide containing bromadiolone, through extensive testing it has been concluded that with these so-called Super Warfarins that a tolerance to the active cannot be built up through repeat drip feeding.

How to avoid Drip Feeding?

To avoid drip feeding always ensure to overestimate your portion sizes, our new sachets help to ensure that you can always put down the appropriate amount of rodenticide. Alongside ensuring that you overestimate your portion sizes you should endeavour to keep the poison topped up at regular intervals, generally every day to two days.

Important data to collate when rodent baiting.

Due to the nature of anti-coagulant rodenticides, towards the end of the cycle from ingestion of the LD50 rodents will often become lethargic and will go back to the nest to die. As such finding dead rodents, although a handy indicatory that a rodent has eaten the poison, should not be relied upon as your main source of data when determining whether you need to increase your baiting or to what stage of the eradication process you are at. One of the best sources of data you can collate are the poison levels, namely differences in the amount being taken. If you are finding all your bait is being consistently eaten and you are finding empty trays daily, this indicates a high population, you should increase your number of bait sites and increase the amount of poison you are leaving down in your original sites. If you notice a decline in the amount of poison being eaten, as long as there is no new alternative food source, this indicates the population is in decline, you will want to keep up the pressure as you are on the road towards eradication.