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There is a great deal of current community debate over rodent management. The APVMA is undertaking a detailed review of the use of second generation anti-coagulant rodenticides which will result in future use restrictions. The AEPMA, with this market environment in mind, produced the AEPMA Code of Best Practice for Rodent Management for professional pest managers to follow.

This Code recommends a hierarchical approach to rodent management with the lowest risk options considered first. i.e. Exclusion, Removal of food and water, harbourage reduction, trapping and only then, rodenticide use as the last option.

When it comes to lethal trapping, the requirement is for professionals to use the most humane traps available. All lethal traps should meet one of three welfare categories, A, B, or C and be proven through a reputable testing authority following standards established in New Zealand, through the National Animal Welfare and Advisory Committee and recommended by the expert committee commissioned by the European Union Food and Environment Research Agency. Where traps meeting the highest standard (Welfare Category A) are available, they must be used.

In moving towards a complete range of humane traps and non-toxic rodent management products, Ensystex is pleased to confirm that their Gorilla mouse trap has met Welfare Category A standards and their Gorilla Rat Trap is currently in assessment.

Rodenthor Gorilla Rodent Traps with Nara Lures are powerful, humane break-back traps that are baited with allergen-free Nara Lures. These lock in place so they cannot be removed by the rodents, as often happens with baits used with other traps. Gorilla Traps are CE certified and approved by the German and Swedish Environmental Government Offices, as a result of their humane kill method.

Gorilla Traps also fit Ensystex’s HACCP Australia-certified Rodenthor range of rodent stations.

Steve Broadbent, Regional Director, Ensystex