Otway Coast Committee

Committed to Sustainable Management

27th Nov. 2014 - Rabbit Baiting Program

Rabbit Baiting Program

The Foreshore Committee in partnership with the Apollo Bay Golf Club has started a baiting program to reduce the large numbers of rabbits currently in and around the golf club and the foreshore.

Barongarook Weed & Vermin Control P/L have been engaged to lay 'Pindone' carrot baits on 3 successive occasions over a 10 day period.

Bait stations will be clearly signed and it is expected that, with Barongarook's extensive knowledge of using Pindone, little residue will be left each morning from the previous night's baiting.

We will also be checking the foreshore and golf course first thing each morning to ensure any carcasses are removed as soon as possible.

For the communities benefit below is information on Pindone:

  • Highly effective for rabbit control
  • Convenient and safe to use
  • Degradable and non-cumulative
  • Vitamin K1 is an effective antidote
  • Reduced risk of secondary poisoning to dogs (compared with 1080 poison)
  • Dyed green to reduce risk to birds which prefer red or yellow food
  • Low-dose strategy reduces risks to wildlife
  • Highly palatable to rabbits

Why Pindone is used for rabbit control

  • Pindone is a "first-generation" anticoagulant poison, and works by blocking the blood clotting system in the animal.
  • Rabbits are more susceptible to Pindone than many other species; however, caution should always be used when applying baits so that no other animals, including stock or wildlife, have direct access to bait.
  • Pindone is used for rabbit control because it has a shorter half-life in the body than second-generation anticoagulant poisons such as those used in modern rodent baits.  This is an advantage since the poison is cleared quickly from any non-target animal which accidentally receives a small exposure.
  • Pindone has a delayed action and, unlike some quick-acting poisons, there is an effective antidote (Vitamin K1) should it be needed.

For more information contact the OCC on 0419 301 311.

Gary McPike: Executive Officer