A cattle property in Queensland is following the footsteps of establishments in other parts of the country such as those hiring Sydney pest control in order to reduce the number of pests in their area. In this case, the cattle property decided to be the first to try the new method in eradicating cane toads. The method made use of the toad’s own toxin which kills thousands of tadpoles.
The owners of the 7,000 hectares cattle property located in Goondicum, Monto are Rob and Nadia Campbell. They decided to road test the bait traps which is found be eco-friendly.
Ms. Campbell said that they are currently conducting a trial with the baits to lessen the population of cane toads by killing them while they are still in their tadpole phase. They found the method to be more efficient compared to catching the toads one by one.
She added that being able to eliminate thousand of tadpole means they are creating a big impact on the breeding cycle of the toads.
Researchers from University of Sydney and University of Queensland are the ones responsible in developing the traps. They are utilizing the deadly toxin of the cane toads in order to attract their tadpoles and trap them at the same time.
According to Professor Rob Capon, a researcher at the IMB or UQ Institute for Molecular Bioscience, the discovery came after they found out that tadpoles are looking for the eggs of the toads in order to eat them. They concluded that the eggs must be setting free some kind of chemical that attract the tadpoles as soon as they detect it. This is the reason why they can locate the eggs despite the condition of the waters. After finding them, Professor Capon said that they eat them.
The researchers were able to find out that the chemical is actually the toxins that the toads emit. This is the same toxin placed by the adult female into the eggs.
The researchers recreated the smell and placed inside a trap to kill thousands of tadpoles at ones. They are expecting that it will take many years before Sydney pest control will be able to avail this product in the commercial market.