Fipronil wasp bait permit approved for Wine Tasmania

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On January 29 2014 Wine Tasmania secured a permit to produce and distribute insecticide baits for the management of European Wasps.

Last year, following discussions with the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE), Wine Tasmania submitted an application for a permit to use Fipronil in wallaby mince baits to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA). Wine Tasmania has undertaken this because DPIPWE, whilst supporting the need for such baits for winegrapes and soft fruits in Tasmania, is unable to maintain production and distribution, and because we recognise these baits are vital to many of our members and others to avoid serious crop damage and economic loss.

The permit was approved on 29 January 2014.  Orders can be placed online here.

Baits will need to be pre-ordered.  Due to the logistics of preparation and transport baits will only be available to be collected by arrangement.  

Baits will be distributed on specific days.  These days will be widely advertised and those ordering will be notified.  These days will be regular so baits will be readily available.

Baits will be sold in packages of five baits at $80 per pack and $65 per pack for Wine Tasmania members.  

The permit is available here.

Instructions for building and using a bait station available here.

Bait station label is available here.

A fact sheet on managing European Wasps is available here.