News and Information

New PAPP technology reaches market

We are proud to confirm the availability of the first products containing para-amino-propiophenone (short name ‘PAPP’) in Australia. The launch announcements were made in June 2016 following APVMA product label approvals in January 2016. A feature about the project and its role in the wild dog issues was hosted by reporter Prue Adams on the ABC Landline program broadcast on the 12th June. This was accompanied by press releases from the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (IA-CRC) and Australian Wool Innovation (AWI).

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Access to FOXECUTE® and DOGABAIT® delayed in some states

The table at the link below summarises the availability of PAPP baits as at July 2016 and 6 months after APVMA registration (with State involvement) in Jan 2016.

Re-positioning of the PAPP antidote

In the initial development of PAPP baits it was hoped that a failsafe antidote in all circumstances would make the baits safer for working and pet dogs. While it remains true that there is a way to overcome the immediate effects of PAPP, the story is more complicated and some additional precautions are needed.

To read more of these complications and what they mean for the protecvtion of your working animals see:

PAPP bait use conditions can vary between states

ACTA believes in a ‘nil tenure’ approach, not only across property boundaries or land use types but also across state borders. The pests can’t read maps, so it makes some sense to us if the rules for their control could be standardised on a national basis.

For a summary of the difficulties and inconsistencies, see:


It takes forward-thinking industry support of this kind to tackle large and risky projects, so this role should never be underestimated. We acknowledge the contributions of the many who made this project possible

For a list of the acknowledgements, see:

PAPP Launch Reaction

With all project partners working together, a media program was assembled around the June 2016 launch date. This encompassed some coverage on ABC Landline, many releases to rural press, some radio interviews, information update to vets, fact sheets and booklets distributed to land holders and loaded onto all partner websites.

For more, see:

Veterinary advisory booklet

We have prepared a more technically focused advisory booklet for veterinarians that has been distributed to all registered veterinarians via the AVA, so that vets also have a detailed understanding of the new technology and an explanation of the best ways to treat pets or working dogs that may be affected by PAPP.

For more, see:

Canid Pest Ejectors prove popular

For convenience we produce high quality prepared bait heads that are then dried and cyrovac packed for extended shelf life. We now also offer a range of CPE Device setting tools.

For more, see:

Foxes are beautiful animals…

but they don't belong in Australia

The European Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) is a magnificent animal. It has keen eyes for day or night vision, an amazing sense of smell, acute directional hearing and powerful jaws to capture and kill even quite large prey.…

The sad thing is that this predator was mistakenly introduced to the Australian continent that had very few such predators. Australia was full of small mammals in the 1860s. Adding European rabbits (Orictolagus cunniculus) at the same time provided even more food for foxes. The introduced foxes quickly spread and now colonise almost every available habitat including city parks, grasslands, swamps, coastal dunes, alpine areas and forests from our southern most coast to the tropic of Capricorn in Queensland.

For more information about the fox and its impact see:

Canid Pest Ejector

New Technology for controlling foxes & wild dogs

We are pleased to confirm the final APVMA approvals to make available the 1080 capsules for the Canid Pest Ejector devices.

For more information about the approvals process see:

Feral pig and human interface – an underestimated problem in the pipeline?

Feral pigs have no natural predators and they can destroy native environments, cause crop damage and contaminate water sources by rooting and defecation. They prey on small native animals and young livestock. While direct conflict with humans is not yet commonplace it is likely that risks to humans will increase as both human and pig territories merge.

For more information about the sacale of the feral pig problem and their interaction with humans, see:

Successful rodent management with MOUSEOFF® Bromadiolone

Mouseoff BD is an effective tool for controlling rodents in human living and working spaces. This article describes the steps to identify the problem and to safely control the pest rodents.

For more information about effectively using MOUSEOFFBD®, see:

Professional Verterbrate Pest Management Contractors adopt a national profile

The former Victorian Vertebrate Pest Managers Association Victoria (VPMAV) has now become a National Organisation, the Vertebrate Pest Managers Association Australia (VPMAA).

Their members can be contacted via:
Phone: 1300 257 774

For more information about this change, see:

PAPP project update

After 11 years of effort by the IA-CRC and ACTA with help from Connovation (NZ) and funding support from AWI we can finally say that the fox and dog versions of the PAPP baits are finally at the very last stages of regulatory approval.

To see how the regulatory approval process has progressed, see:

ACTA sponsors Australian Vertebrate Pest Conference

ACTA was, again, a major (gold) sponsor of the Australian Vertebrate Pest Conference held in Brisbane in May 2014. The AVPC provides the leading forum in Australia to bring scientists and practitioners together.

For more information about the winner of the Excellence inPest Animal Award, and other interactions, see:

Calici virus - now a complicated story

There is a major and increasing problem with rabbits in Australia and we should continue to use conventional and biological control methods in an attempt to at least aim for local eradications.

We have had low rabbit numbers due to successful biocontrol for half a century, but rabbits do have a capacity to bounce back with a vengeance. Current generations have not the memory to appreciate the colossal impact rabbits once had in Australia.

For more information about how the calici virus has contributed to biological control, and how it is changing, see:

MOUSEOFF® Colour variation

One of the most common queries we get asked in respect to MOUSEOFF® Zinc Phosphide Bait relates to the colour of the bait. Most users are accustomed to the bait being a very dark, almost a black colour, but sometimes the bait is a lighter grey.

For more information about the production process and storage, and for photographs of the normal colour range, see:

ACTA loses one of our most tireless workers

We are all saddened this year to learn that our long time sales representative Barry James had been stricken with cancer. Barry died early this year after a short illness.

For his eulogy, see:

ACTA and IA-CRC participated in recent Victorian Rabbit Management Conference held by Vic DPI

In recognition of the increasing problems of rabbits in Victoria the VIC DPI recently ran a forum to bring the latest knowledge to many groups involved in the important battle to keep rabbits in check.

For a brief summary, see:

ACTA catalogue distributed to all merchants and agencies

The ACTA Catalogue, supplied in a dedicated ring binder that allows easy updates, provides information on all ACTA products.

For a brief summary of the contents and how to obtain a copy, see:

New type of Calicivirus now discovered in Australia

In May 2015, as part of sampling in a surveillance program a single rabbit was found to be infected with a new strain of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus at Black Mountain near Canberra. The new strain was confirmed by genetic testing at CSIRO as type RHDV2 and its presence in Australia was confirmed publicly this month.

For more information about this discovery and possible consequences see:

Update on PAPP baits 25 July 2015

As per previous ACTA newsletters we are almost reluctant to say much until the seemingly endless regulatory process is finally completed here! However, we get many questions so provide the following to advise our contacts.

We can now report that we have received favourable reviews from The Office of Chemical Safety, Environment Australia and the Independent Efficacy Reviewer that all support registration of the fox dosed and wild dog dose PAPP baits.

For more information about the restrictions placed on use and the reasons for these restrictions, and the projections for product release date, see:

Mouse Alert WA 1 May 2015

Recent feedback from numerous merchant agronomists in WA has prompted us to issue this update as a first stage mouse activity precaution for WA rural merchants.>

We are currently receiving reports of significant numbers of mice in several cropping regions of WA and some bait is being applied already.   It is NOT what we could call a plague situation but is sufficiently widespread to raise our concerns one notch for preparedness.

This article describes the potential for crop damage, and the actions required to minimise risk to crops. See:

PAPP registration update May 2015

Despite being in the APVMA review processes for several years the PAPP approval process moves forward slowly. Both Fox and Dog PAPP based baits have been recommended for registration by the Efficacy reviewer, by the Environment reviewers and by the Chemical Safety reviewers. This is good news after 10 years of constant work. However, it was recommended to the Drugs & Poisons Scheduling Committee (who look at the risks of any new chemical active) that PAPP should be S7 in all dose forms. We can understand some consideration of this being appropriate from some perspectives, but the problem is that this would greatly restrict access by those in most need of using it, especially where 1080 is not ideal. Accordingly ACTA and the IACRC have made submissions to have the baits as S6 and the concentrate as S7. The preliminary recommendation was made in January and we had until February to make our submissions. The DPSC met in March but the result of that meeting will be released in July 2015. It is easy to see how such slow processes are making it difficult to bring new technology to market despite everyone’s efforts.

Animal Control Technologies (Australia) Pty Ltd
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