What is Aluminium Phosphide.
Aluminium Phosphide is an extremely toxic gassing compound approved for use against rats, rabbits and moles in the tunnels or burrows they inhabit by professional pest controllers. Aluminium phosphide is supplied in flasks containing 30 or 160 tablets which are grey in colour. When aluminium phosphide encounters moisture it liberates a highly toxic gas called phosphine. Phosphine gas is lethal to all animals in relatively low concentrations. Phosphine is also lethal to humans with no known antidote. To this end the sale and use of this product is strictly controlled.
How it’s used
Moles – Runs are located using a probe and 1 tablet is inserted into the ground as per manufactures directions, approximately one every 3-5 metres. The hole created to put the tablet in is filed in after application to restrict the amount of phosphine gas able to escape into the atmosphere.
Controlling rats & rabbits – Active rat and rabbit tunnels may also be treated with aluminium phosphide. It is best to treat these areas through the winter months October – February as there is less ground cover meaning the tunnel entrances can be located more effectively. One tablet is inserted into each tunnel and the entrance then blocked with soil or turf.
Aluminium phosphide can only be used following an assessment of the area to be treated. It is not permitted to use it within 10 metres of a water course or an inhabited building. All livestock will need to be moved prior to application on agricultural ground. A minimum 25 metre cordon will be implemented around the treatment area with NO access to public or land owner until gas level readings have been taken and the area deemed safe to access, this is done by us and is normally completed 48 hours after the initial treatment.
Please contact us if you require any further information regarding treatment with aluminium phosphide, we will happily conduct a site assessment and advise accordingly.