Baiting: 1080 with carrots/oats

1080 bait is mixed with either fresh carrots or shelf stable oats and spread on the ground in a trail manually or mechanically.

Programs include monitoring to determine rabbit populations and feeding zones, laying trail without poison (free feed) and laying trails with poison.

Using 1080 bait with fresh carrots or shelf stable oats is an effective way to reduce rabbit numbers. Only one poison feed is required. Bait trails with freshly disturbed soil will attract rabbits. Covered bait stations can prevent bait being taken by other species.

On each day of the control program (when poison baits are being used), the baited area and surrounding areas must be thoroughly searched for dead rabbits and unused bait. Carcasses must be collected and properly disposed of to lessen the risk to non-target species. Use strictly in accordance with label directions.

Summer when green feed levels are low, prior to ripping programs or fumigation.
Monitoring the program before and after baiting. Follow up with control methods such as warren destruction with ripping or fumigation and/or exclusion fencing to control re-invasion.

Bait 1080 is an acute one-feed poison. To use the product, the operator must hold an Agricultural Chemical User Permit with extra 1080 endorsement and training.

1080 has been known to cause deaths to non-target species and toxic to a wide range of species including birds, mammals, reptiles and domestic animals.

  • Dogs are extremely sensitive.
  • Most other mammalian carnivores are highly sensitive.
  • Herbivores are less sensitive.
  • Birds and reptiles are generally more tolerant.

No antidote is available for off-target species consumption, such as domestic animals.

Effective baiting can reduce rabbit numbers quickly and is less expensive than Pindone as only one dose is required. 1080 is a useful option for controlling rabbits, but only where the associated potential risks to non-target species can be managed adequately.

Caution is required when implementing a baiting program. The choice of bait should be based on factors such as local conditions and experience. Seek advice and always read and follow directions as specified on the label.


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