here to locate bait
- Toxic baiting in bait stations (feeders) will achieve high
possum kills providing station spacing
is sufficient and the station design ensures well-protected
- Based on possum home ranges, station spacing should be a
maximum of 150 m in forest and 50 m on bush/pasture margins.
- Pre-feeding is a prerequisite
for achieving high kills.
- Bait stations are particularly suited
to use in areas of high rainfall and in areas with at-risk
ground-dwelling non-target species.
stations come in a wide range of designs and sizes and
levels of bait protection.
and KK bait stations
provide low-cost, compact and light-weight options.
baits stations include the
stick designs, such as the Indac, are also available and this
design can easily be made using plastic drainage pipes.
stations are attached to trees or fence posts at
approximately 20–30 cm above ground level. Where
ground birds are present, stations must be at least 70 cm
above ground level; and where stock are present, placed above
- Elevation of bait stations
of 70 cm or greater appears to reduce possum kill
rates and in such situations stations should always be
bait-station models aim to keep the bait (cereal and cyanide
paste) dry and contained, until taken by either possums or
models (e.g. Philproof) are designed to exclude birds.
bait stations is likely to increase the kill achieved, but
this is dependent on the bait used; it does not appear to enhance
the kill achieved when baiting with brodifacoum.
Pre-feeding reduces the time toxic bait needs to be
present to achieve target kills.
of use of toxic baits in bait stations include continuous
feeding (over several weeks) or pulsed feeding (several
feeds over several months). Both strategies provide for
extended control. Some
long-life gel baits are now available from Kiwicare
that provide ongoing
control for many months.
cereal baits (1–2 g) are favoured by most operators when
using traditional bait stations, as their use reduces
spillage by possums during feeding.
farmers use bait stations to attract possums to a specific
site where access is easy and where the possums can easily
be shot using a rifle and spotlight.
station costs are extremely variable, and depend on the