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.
A selection of publications have now been updated (May 2020). For a list of these see below.
There are four categories of NPCA publications:
These publications are used by:
Updated publications, 2020
A Technical Advisory Group reviewed a number of NPCA publications and updated the following:
Minor revisions of publications A4.1, A4.2, A4.4, A5, A6, A9, A10, A11, A13, A14, A15, A16, B5.1 and B6.1 also took place in 2020.
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.
Feral and Stray Cats: A preliminary guideline towards good practice.
This Guideline refers to both stray and feral cats. As defined in the code of welfare for companion cats (https://www.mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/animal-welfare/codes-of-welfare), released under the Animal Welfare Act 1999, feral cats are different to stray cats. Neither are owned, but strays have varying interactions and dependence on humans while feral cats are wild. It is important that cats are correctly identified so that they can be managed appropriately.
Guidance on the use of toxic bait stations for vertebrate pest control, including legal obligations, risk management, field techniques, recording and reporting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Information booklet about brodifacoum; who uses it and why, the risks to humans and animals, and safety aspects of its use.
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
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.