National Pest Control Agencies produces a range of publications with up-to-date, practical information on the control of vertebrate pests. Our publications are written with the input of pest control specialists and are regularly updated to ensure they reflect current best practice.
There are four categories of NPCA publications:
These publications are used by:
This Protocol outlines a method for estimating indices of relative abundance of possum populations. It is based on sampling populations using various detection devices (Traps, Waxtags or Chewcards).
This guideline describes the use of leghold traps for capturing possums, ferrets and feral cats.
This guideline describes the use of kill traps for capturing possums, ferrets, stoats and feral
A Report to Inform and Advise Users of Trapping Products to Ensure Proper Product Selection and Use.
This best practice guideline to the implementation of Regional Pest Management Strategies for the control of rabbit populations.
Guidance on the use of toxic bait stations for vertebrate pest control, including legal obligations, risk management, field techniques, recording and reporting.
A photographic guide for field workers to help estimate the age of pigs from their jaws. Determining the age of wild pigs, using tooth eruption and estimated wear.
Outlines minimum requirements for warning signage where vertebrate toxic agents in bait form are laid outdoors for pest control. Covers the legal requirements of warning signs: - wording, design, installation, maintenance and recovery. A useful resource for agency staff and contractors implementing control programmes in the field.
A Student guide to Possum Control. To be used in conjunction with visits to schools by staff of pest control agencies or as part of teacher-planned study of possums across the curricula. Contains a possum quiz, facts and figures, a word search, information on 1080, suggestions for further activities and much more.
Summarises the regulatory aspects of using vertebrate toxic agents (VTAs). Includes additional best practice standards for the safe use and handling of (VTAs). Primary audience: field staff and contractors responsible for vertebrate pest control programs.
Report on a review of research findings relevant to water sampling for 1080; led to the 2008 update of the Landcare Research water sampling and testing guideline
A guideline to assist employers meet their obligation under the Health and Safety in Employment Act to monitor employees or contractors for occupational exposure to 1080 toxin.
A guideline on the minimum requirements for tracking vertebrate toxic agents. In two parts: (i) purpose and regulatory aspects, and (ii) standard forms with explanations for use, examples and key points associated with the tracking guidelines. For field staff and contractors responsible for vertebrate pest control programmes and pest managers responsible for ensuring that toxin tracking meets minimum standards.
An overview guideline of industry best practice for aerial 1080 operations: designed to ensure that operators understand critical risks, together with the performance outcomes that must be achieved to manage those risks. For those responsible for planning and managing aerial 1080 operations, and for other people required to be directly involved.
A checklist for dog-owners of precautions to take to minimise risks of 1080 poisoning. Also includes a section on recognising signs of 1080 poisoning and an action plan for cases of accidental poisoning.
This document summarises legislation that is directly related to land-based pest control
activities to help contractors and staff of control agencies identify and gain an overview of
legislation relevant to their work.
Brochure for parents and caregivers of preschool children for use by agencies and contractors during pre-operational public awareness initiatives. Developed by NPCA in consultation with the Ministry of Health and Medical Officers of Health as part of the schools’ package. Available in 3 versions, each with contact information specific to the agency responsible for the 1080 operation.
Brochure covering aspects of cholecalciferol use for possum and rodent control. Includes
information on how cholecalciferol works, what it looks like, the risks to humans and animals
and how to keep safe when using it.
Brochure covering aspects of cyanide use for possum control. Includes information on what
cyanide looks like, the risks to humans and animals and how keep safe when using it.
Teachers' Booklet: provides teachers with a range of activities and opportunities to assist
with planning a unit of work based on possums and associated issues. Contains background
information about possums and possum control, relevant curriculum links and activity
Information booklet about brodifacoum; who uses it and why, the risks to humans and animals, and safety aspects of its use.
Good practice guideline and logbook for machine operators in rural environments. One logbook per vehicle recommended. To print at compact A5 booklet size, set printer to 'multi-page, double-sided, booklet, centre binding, fit to page' options.
Guidance on the operational steps involved in planning and managing aerial 1080 operations for local government interests. This SOP is designed to be read and used together with the (B9) Aerial 1080 Pest Control Industry Guidelines and should not be used on its own.
Answers commonly asked questions about possum control and the use of 1080. Written for the general public, it contains up-to-date research-based material and assists people to assess the relative risks and benefits of the possum control programme.