Vertebrate Pests

The term 'Vertebrate Pest' refers to skeletal animals that have reached a population that causes problems of an economic, social or environmental nature.

In Australia, our most common pests are introduced species including rabbits, foxes, mice and rats, wild dogs, feral pigs, feral cats, and many other species that simply do not have a place in the Australian ecosystem.

  • Foxes inflict serious damage on new born lambs and kill other livestock. Foxes also threaten extinction of many native mammals and birds.
  • Rodents, including mice and rats, cause damage in crops, damage farm infrastructure and pose disease and spoilage problems in food storages and stock feeds.
  • Rabbits have devastated vast tracts of land by damaging young seedling trees and shrubs, destroying native grasses and pastures, and by facilitating erosion.
  • Predatory wild dogs cause damage to farm livestock, native animal species, and may pose risks to humans. Canids pose a special threat for the transfer of diseases and parasites to humans and native species.
  • Feral pigs destroy native environments, cause crop damage, prey on small native animals and young livestock, and could carry exotic diseases such as foot and mouth disease.

These introduced species cost the Australian economy hundreds of millions of dollars annually through lost production, spoilage of products and foodstuffs. The costs at an environmental level are impossible to quantify, however it is safe to say that introduced predators such as foxes, cats and wild dogs have directly contributed to the extinction of many of Australia's unique marsupial mammal species.

Animal Control Technologies is dedicated to finding solutions to these pest animals through environmentally focused research and development.

To learn more about these pest species and the problems they cause please follow the links in the side bar.

Animal Control Technologies (Australia) Pty Ltd
46-50 Freight Drive
Somerton, Victoria, 3062
Telephone +61 3 9308 9688
Fax +61 3 9308 9622