Products

Pest animals such as foxes, wild dogs and cane toads affect Australia’s economy, environment and family life, and there is on-going need for new methods and products to help manage their impacts.

The adoption of new approaches to pest management can be encouraged if products are available in a form that is already commonly used and widely understood. Aerosol spraycans fit that profile, being routinely used in roles ranging from personal care products to motor engine cleaners.

Pestat’s HopStop® and FeralMone®products are based on the safe and reliable delivery platform that aerosol technology provides.

HopStop®

hopstop can

HopStop® spray is a convenient and effective way to control cane toads. When used properly, it’s safe for people and pets, and is humane for the toads. HopStop® has been developed for use in home gardens and similar outdoor settings.

Be sure it’s a cane toad!

It’s important to be sure that your target is a cane toad, not a native frog. Native frogs are an important part of our national biodiversity, and are under threat in many ways, including from cane toads. They are also legally protected fauna, and must not be harmed.

If you’re not sure you’re dealing with a cane toad, take a moment to look at these pictures and check key features of the animal. Cane toads have distinctive

  • bulging ‘poison gland’ areas on their shoulders, and
  • a bony ‘M-shaped’ ridge over their nose, but
  • do not have suckers on their toes.

Cane toad - front Cane toad - side

If you still can’t decide, there are other websites that could help you – there are pictures of the native frogs from your region at http://www.frogsaustralia.net.au/frogs/bioregions.cfm and more pictures of cane toads at http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/content/view/4982/2172/

How to use HopStop®

Full directions for using HopStop® are on each can. You should read and understood them before using the product. The directions provided below are a guide to using HopStop®, but you should also read the more detailed ones on the can.

Hints on using HopStop®

HopStop® has been trialled successfully in a wide range of locations and settings. However, knowing a few basic aspects of toad behaviour can also assist with its use.

Precautions when using HopStop®

HopStop® is supplied in a pressurised dispenser, and should be treated like any other aerosol product. The contents of the can are highly flammable and the product should not be stored or used near any sources of ignition, naked flames or any incandescent material. Do not smoke while using HopStop®. Store the can in a cool place away from direct sunlight. Avoid contact of HopStop® with your skin, eyes and clothes. Wear suitable clothing, and wear gloves when using the product or handling toads. In case of accidental skin contact, wash the affected area immediately with soap and water. In case of eye contact, wash eyes immediately with water.

First Aid

If poisoning occurs, contact a doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (Tel: 131 126).

Warnings

Do not puncture or incinerate the can even once it is empty. Keep the product out of the reach of children. Deliberately concentrating and/or inhaling the contents could be harmful or fatal.

Where can I buy it?

HopStop® is available in Australia in major hardware stores.

HopStop® is a product of Pestat Pty Ltd, made under license by Hopstop Australia Pty Ltd.

HopStop® Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).

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FeralMone®

feralmoneFeralMone® is a spray attractant that can assist with detection and management of foxes and wild dogs. It is intended for use at sand plots, bait stations and trap sites. FeralMone® has been shown to significantly increase site visitation and bait uptake by foxes and wild dogs. It should be used only in accordance with the following directions, precautions and warnings.

Where Do I Buy It?

FeralMone® is available in Australia through state agencies and rural merchant stores and is distributed by Animal Control Technologies Pty Ltd, 46-50 Freight Drive, Somerton, Victoria.

Directions

Shake the can briefly and gently before use. Hold the can upright about 15-20 cm from the intended point of application, and apply the spray centrally on a sand plot surface, on soil directly above a buried trap or bait, or on a feature such as a rock or stump immediately adjacent to a buried trap. Apply for 1-2 seconds only – excessive application may be counterproductive. Avoid direct application to plant foliage.

FeralMone® should only be used outdoors – do not use inside buildings or other enclosed areas. Do not spray towards yourself, other people or animals. Do not inhale.

Precautions

FeralMone® is supplied in a pressurised dispenser, and should be treated like any other aerosol product. Store the can in a cool place away from direct sunlight, with its cap on. The contents of the can are highly flammable and the product should not be stored or used near sources of ignition, naked flames or any incandescent material. Do not smoke while using FeralMone®. The contents of the can may be corrosive and have a strong and unpleasant odour for humans. Avoid contact with skin, eyes and clothes. Wear suitable protective clothing, gloves and eye/face protection. In case of accidental skin contact, wash the affected area immediately with soap and water.

Warnings

Do not puncture or incinerate the can even once it is empty. Keep the product out of the reach of children. Deliberately concentrating and/or inhaling the contents could be harmful or fatal.

FeralMone® is a product of Pestat Pty Ltd and Australian Wool Innovation Ltd, developed with the assistance of NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for FeralMone® (36kb pdf file)

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