New spray stopping hopping
SCIENTISTS have unveiled a secret weapon in the ongoing fight for backyard dominance against one of Queensland’s most iconic pests.
Pest animal management agency Pestat has launched the first Australian aerosol to combat cane toads.
The lethal spray has just hit hardware store shelves across North Queensland after more than six years worth of research.
The spray, titled HopStop, became a reality after receiving approval from the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority recently.
HopStop has been trialled successfully in areas like Townsville, Mareeba and the Atherton Tablelands.
The lemon-scented spray anaesthetises toads within 10 seconds before painlessly poisoning them within another 10 minutes.
Pestat managing director Dr David Dall said the spray was a humane method of controlling cane toad numbers.
‘‘ We believe that destroying any animal, whether a pest or not, should always be done in the most humane way possible,’’ he said.
Cane toads have reached plague proportions after being deliberately introduced into Queensland in the 1930s in an unsuccessful bid to control the cane beetles destroying sugarcane crops.
TRASHING TOADS: Dr David Dall checks his specimens leading up the the launch of a humane spray