The pre baiting rat tracking at 46% was one of the best results to date. Instead of a Possum trap catch being carried out by a contractor, volunteers monitored the possum numbers using wax tags. The wax tags are placed at 10m intervals on the first and last 100m of the rat tracking lines, left out for 7 nights and then collected. The number of bite marks made by possums or wallabies are then determined. At the time of writing we are waiting to have our results confirmed by someone experienced at doing this.
Important information The pesticides used are effective and safe when properly handled. The use of bait stations allows for the pesticide to be made available to target pest species while at the same time restricting accessibility to native and non-target species. However there is a risk of poisoning to humans and non-target animals such as dogs if the bait is handled carelessly or eaten. Poisoning can occur through eating baits or poisoned animals.
The risk to dogs from pesticide in carcasses will remain until the carcass have decomposed, which can be up to or more than six months.
These risks can be eliminated by following these simple rules:
DO NOT handle any bait
DO NOT allow CHILDREN to wander unsupervised in the treatment area
DO NOT bring DOGS into this area
DO NOT take ANIMALS for eating
The presence of Warning signs indicates that pesticide residues may still be present in baits or animals. The removal of signs will tell you that you can resume normal activities in the area. If in doubt, check with DOC.
What do I do if I suspect poisoning?
Always contact your:
Local doctor, or
Local hospital or
National Poisons Centre 0800 764 766
For further details about the project and how you may help, please contact:
Frances and James Blakely
Ph 362 8480