PVC bait stations can be an inexpensive way to protect bait from the elements and non-target animals. These do-it-yourself bait stations are used in many agricultural and rural areas to protect toxic bait from non-target animals. But you must understand that not all PVC bait stations are the same because not all PVC pipes are the same.
Bait Station Requirements
Manufacturers of toxic baits, whose labels require that baits be protected by bait stations, require the stations to be strong enough to prevent access from large non-target animals that may be in the area. Visit the link for the EPA’s suggestions. This means that home-made PVC bait stations must be secure enough to withstand non-target animals seeking to access the bait. If dogs, raccoons, or other large animals are in the area, your PVC bait station must be strong enough to withstand their assault.
Choose the Right Schedule PVC
When building a PVC bait station, choose the right schedule PVC pipe to withstand the risks your bait station will be exposed to. PVC sizes are classified by schedule. The larger the schedule number the thicker the walls of the PVC. Note the photo showing how the arm of the bait station has been gnawed by a raccoon. A better choice would be to use a heavier schedule pipe to construct this PVC bait station. Perhaps a schedule 40 or maybe even a schedule 80 when when placing the bait station outdoors.
Higher schedule PVC pipes become narrower on the inside. Be sure that the thicker walled pvc pipe is still wide enough to allow the target animal access to the bait. Higher schedule pipe is also more expensive but it will also be more durable and last longer.
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