Bait lands in SA to tackle mice

SPECIAL DELIVERY: Last week, 14,000kg of zinc phosphide tech landed in SA.

SPECIAL DELIVERY: Last week, 14,000kg of zinc phosphide tech landed in SA.

OVERWHELMING demand for mouse bait has resulted in extra shipments of zinc phosphide tech Last Supper being air and sea freighted from India into the state.

Wilhelm Rural owner Brenton Wilhelm, who is licensed to distribute Last Supper to SA’s five regional bait stations, said the two consignments, totalling 14,000 kilograms, would be used to manufacture more than 460 tonnes of bait.

“So product availability should not be an issue for primary producers in the coming weeks,” he said.

“We started the season with about 15,000kg of tech but we didn’t realise how big the problem would become.”

Mr Wilhelm said this year they would supply up to 29t of tech, equating to 928t of bait. In 2011, the stations sold 12t of tech.

– ALISHA FOGDEN and GREGOR HEARD