In an effort to expand the Sydney pest control initiative, researchers from Brisbane were able to take poison from the most infamous pest in Queensland and use this to kill their population. The traps are considered to be the first in the world that was specially made to target cane toads.
The traps utilize baits that imitated the smell of food but they are actually made of poison derived from the adult population of cane toads. This is in an effort to capture as well as eliminate a maximum of 10,000 young toads in just one move.
Researchers from the University Of Queensland were responsible for the development of the traps and they are currently placing them all over the state.
If the traps are proven successful, the researchers are hoping that they will be able to manufacture them and sell these on commercial market within a few years.
According to Professor Rob Capon, they have been relying on volunteers to capture the toads and send them back to the researchers in order to develop the specialized bait.
He also added that there have been many groups in the community that volunteered their time to catch the adult toads. Instead of sending them to landfills, they will be sent to the lab. Extraction is then done until the right chemistry is acquired.
He explained that they are separating the toxin called pheromone derived from the adult toads and then they are placed inside small tubes made of ceramic. The bait is then placed in the trap and the tadpoles will swim inside the trap thinking there is food inside but they will be stuck instead.
They are hoping to be able to sell these in market within a few years but for now they are able to provide solution that will benefit the entire community.
Karl Grabasch, a local from Rockhampton, said that he has been giving his free time to catch adult toads in order to create baits. He is also learning how to place the traps properly.
He is hoping that Sydney pest control market will be able to use the traps soon in order to keep the toad population under control.