Bait Station Anchoring
Recently I was at a restaurant and found a bait station exposed out in the open and I was a bit disappointed. I put it back in its place next to the building and called the company; not to berate them but to remind them that cable anchors would have a been a good choice for this location (since the company I work for makes them). My words seemed to fall on deaf ears– I’ll never know if they corrected the problem.
The “what ifs” came to mind after hanging up the phone: what if a dog got to the bait? What if a child picked up the box and bait came out? What if an Inspector ate here? What if some teenager started kicking the box around? The bottom line is: what if a secondary poisoning call was reported– was it worth not securing a bait station?
Insurance claims aren’t cheap and we’re always faced with the risk of litigation. Doesn’t it make sense to have every bait box secured and to have a standard protocol for anchoring on all bait stations?
Here’s a test for you to consider when it comes to liability: ask a child you know around seven years old to pick up a new bait box with a few rocks in it, I don’t care if it has a rock attached to the station, and move it about 10 feet. If the child is successful you should think about a better system of anchoring in order to prevent that “unwanted call” of an accidental poisoning.
J.T. Eaton Co., Inc.