In 2011 there has been considerable discussion in the media about the availability of mouse baits, and consideration of alternatives. Some of the misinformation has even recommended illegal actions. in 2012 there is evidence of a potential problem emerging in Spring in  WA.

To see a sequence of our responses to the mouse bait supply situation as it emerged in 2010 ,2011and 2012, visit: http://www.animalcontrol.com.au/news.htm

About MOUSEOFF® Zinc Phosphide Bait

What is MOUSEOFF® ZP?

MOUSEOFF® ZP is manufactured from graded, cleaned, certified and sterilised wheat, coated with zinc phosphide (25g/kg) and mixed with oil attractants. Zinc phosphide is a grey/black powder and the bait is correspondingly grey.

MOUSEOFF® ZP IS FULLY APPROVED FOR CONTROL OF MICE IN BROADACRE CROPS

Features of MOUSEOFF® ZP:

  • highly effective and works quickly
  • requires a low rate of application
  • used by many of our grain trading partners
  • degrades in the environment leaving no harmful residues
  • presents low secondary risks to non-target animals
  • easily applied and requires no mixing
  • stable at room temperature for several years
  • works in newly sown and developed crops
  • a low cost broad-scale bait
  • Australian made
  • can destroy more than 30 mice for each cent spent on bait.

How does MOUSEOFF® ZP work?

MOUSEOFF® ZP acts rapidly. When a mouse eats a poisoned grain, a tiny quantity of toxic phosphine gas is released in the acidic conditions of the mouse's stomach.

Zn3P2+6H+→2PH3↑+3Zn ++

Zinc phosphide + acid→phosphine gas↑ + zinc

Phosphine is rapidly absorbed by the stomach and quickly acts by depressing the central nervous system and by inhibiting the liver, diaphragm and brain of the mouse. Mice die quickly after ingestion of just a single grain.

USUALLY GREATER THAN 90% CONTROL IS ACHIEVED WITHIN 1-2 DAYS OF BROADCAST APPLICATION

What happens to the mice?

Most mice die underground. This can be confirmed by excavating holes to find carcasses or by rechecking burrow activity after baiting. Birds and other scavengers quickly take the few mice that do die on the surface so few dead mice are seen. The dead mice are not toxic to scavengers.

Where is MOUSEOFF® ZP available?

MOUSEOFF® ZP is a Schedule 7 poison product. It is available in all States from approved rural merchant stores, some government agencies and some contractors. When there is no demand for the bait the stores generally do not hold stock, so allow a few days for delivery and give early warnings of requirements.

Some states require an Agricultural Users Permit (ACUP) to purchase, possess and/or use MOUSEOFF® ZP.

To see the state regulations and how to obtain an Agricultural Users Permit (ACUP) visit: http://www.animalcontrol.com.au/regulations2.htm

How is MOUSEOFF® ZP packaged?

Mouseoff ZP Pails

MOUSEOFF ZP Pails

MOUSEOFF® ZP is available in 125kg epoxy-lined steel drums with ring closure lids and in 15kg plastic pails with tamper-evident lids.

Are there special conditions for transport?

MOUSEOFF® ZP is NOT classified as a dangerous good (DG) for transport and can be carried on normal trucks and utilities without special signage. Transport or storage in enclosed vehicles or spaces is not recommended due to a small quantity of toxic phosphine gas trapped in the headspace of the container.

How long does stored bait remain active?

MOUSEOFF® ZP is stable for several years provided it is stored dry at less than 40°C in original packaging.

MOUSEOFF ZP® – Protecting Australia's crops.


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Australia
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