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Why are mustelids considered pests in New Zealand?
Three species of mustelid exist in New Zealand: stoats, ferrets, and weasels.
Introduced into New Zealand in the 1800s, these animals have flourished in their new environment. Weasels and ferrets prefer to live in open country, preying on insects, lizards, and bird life. Stoats, unfortunately, have adapted well to living in the New Zealand bush. There, they prey on our precious native birds and their young.
Mustelids also pose a threat to:
our farming industries – wild ferrets can carry bovine tuberculosis (TB) which they can spread to cattle and deer herds
poultry farms – they attack chickens and eat eggs
domestic pets – they attack pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs.
That's why controlling mustelids, and carrying out stoat control in particular, is vital to make sure we protect our valuable resources and native species.
Stoat control products
Got a stoat problem? We can help, whether your problem’s big or small. Our stoat control products are more humane, environmentally friendly, and innovative.
Toxins and traps – to deal with the stoat problem humanely
Bait stations – to put toxic baits and prefeed in
Lures and prefeed (non-toxic) – to attract stoats to toxic baits or traps
Warning signs – to protect yourself and others around you
Monitoring tools – to know what your problem is, how big it is, or if you’ve dealt with it
Buy our stoat control products individually or in bulk.