Why we use aerial 1080It's the only method that can be deployed rapidly to manage a pest boom over vast or rugged terrain. It’s cost effective and presents very little risk to the environment.
Proof that 1080 is saving our speciesView monitoring results and an independent review of 1080's use in native species protection.
Fake 1080 newsNo, these kiwi weren't killed by 1080. Find out about this popular viral hoax and other irresponsible fake news.
1080 safety and transparencyBiodegradable 1080 leaves no permanent or accumulative residue in water, soil, plants or animals. Its use is strictly regulated and openly communicated.
1080 and dogsWe warn dog owners of 1080’s presence and its associated risks by placing clear signs at track entrances.
Why some people have concerns about 1080Despite extensive 1080 research and strict regulation, a minority of people still have concerns. We address the most common ones here.
1080's effects on livestock, game, fish and bugsFind out how we design 1080 pest-control operations to limit risks to non-target species.
What is 1080?
1080 is the common name for a biodegradable poison called sodium fluoroacetate. It's made synthetically, but fluoroacetate is also produced naturally by some plants to deter browsing.
Cereal, sugar, flavour and dye are added to most of the 1080 pellets used for pest control in New Zealand. The toxin is 0.15% of the bait. Deer repellent may also be added.
Fit for New Zealand
1080 targets mammals, and New Zealand is unusual in that all our ground-dwelling mammals are introduced pests. Countries with endangered land mammals don't use 1080 as broadly.