Recently the European Union member states have agreed to reclassify anticoagulant rodenticides as ‘toxic to reproduction’ based on the recommendation from European Chemical Agency. Any rodenticide product with an active substance concentration of 30ppm or more will need to carry the warning sign “may damage the unborn child”. A common rodenticide, brodifacoum, is most often used at 50ppm (0.005%) around … Read More

Last year the project to eradicate an estimated 200,000 mice from Antipodes Island, one of the most remote island groups in New Zealand, got underway with the help of donations from the public, Morgan Foundation, WWF, and funds from DoC – amounting to $1 million. Antipodes Island has an abundance of seabirds and native flora, but mice were causing huge … Read More

There are a lot of people involved in a project like the Battle for our Birds. The scientists monitoring the scale of a likely beech mast and identifying the areas that need the most protection, there’s the regulatory organisations ensuring the operations are compliant, and the team on the operation day to apply the bait. The on-site teams include helicopter … Read More

The Indian house crow is an invasive pest along the East African seaboard and neighbouring countries such as Saudi Arabia. In East Africa the crow was intentionally introduced in 1890 to control rubbish, but since then their numbers have exploded from years of poor rubbish management. They don’t just eat rubbish however, they pour into the towns and cities and … Read More

Meeting the changing needs and growing scale of pest control operations now and for the future means continuous advances in the properties and quality of our bait products.  By way of an example, TBfree’s new strategy to eradicate Bovine TB over 10 years will require further refinements in 1080 baits, including in aspects such as palatability, toxicity, size range, and … Read More

The Howick Tramping Club’s (HTC) long-running pest control crusade in the Mangatutu Valley in Pureora Forest Park (between Taupo and Te Kuiti) is the stuff of legends.  The forest, whose population of kokako had dwindled to just 7 pairs in the 1990s, is now a stronghold for this spectacularly beautiful bird, the last surviving member of an ancient family of … Read More

Safety and security in the storage, handling and transport of toxins has always been a top priority for Orillion. We’re proud of our record in this area and committed to a continuous improvement approach in this as in all areas of our operations. So with the threat in 2015 to contaminate infant formula with 1080 we undertook a comprehensive review of all our … Read More

In the course of a major laboratory upgrade this year, ACP has installed state-of-the-art equipment for analysing bait toxicity levels. With the full range of testing now done in-house our customers can have detailed information on bait toxicity levels, including residual toxicity testing, as part of our service. As well as providing confidence about compliance with the toxicity ranges required … Read More

Hats off to the Moehau Environment Group (MEG) for taking a 31% RTC down to 1.7% over 1200 hectares!  This impressive result was achieved in a ground-based possum control operation carried out by field staff using DECAL in bait stations. Their secret weapon?  Adding extra power to the MEG team’s skill and hard work was the new, improved DECAL (cholecalciferol) formulation, with … Read More