Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3


Rabbits, Baits, Sodium fluoroacetate, Pest control.

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The rabbit in Australia has only a relatively short history*, but during that period, of 168 years, has probably done more harm to this country than any other pest. In Western Australia, as in some of the other States, investigations directed towards the improvement of control methods—particularly poisoning—have been intensified over recent years. Although it is recognised that no single method could accomplish eradication or give completely satisfactory control, it is also evident that the improvement of poisoning methods could help greatly. Some of our investigations have been aimed at improving techniques in poisoning procedure and also in finding better poisons. One of the new poisons, "1080" (sodium fluoroacetate) has proved very effective.