The control of introduced rodents, possums, mustelids, goats and deer occupies a large part of the annual work programme of the Department of Conservation (DOC); with the aerial sowing of 1080 possum baits manufactured by Orillion being a major part of the annual pest programmes. DOC’s 2014 “Battle for our Birds” operations made extensive use of aerial 1080 to knock down rising rodent and stoat populations during the beech mast.

DOC has estate management responsibilities covering approximately one third of New Zealand's land area. The majority of this area comprises ecologically important areas where introduced mammalian pests occur and have a range of impacts. Using Orillion's pellet bait products as its principle tool, DOC has successfully eradicated introduced pests from many offshore islands where recovery programs for native species are well underway.


Operational Solutions for Primary Industries (OSPRI) is tasked with the implementation of the National Pest Management Strategy, which is carried out through its TBfree programme. The major cause of bovine TB in cattle and deer herds in New Zealand is contact with possums and ferrets. TBfree’s vector control operations include ground and aerial pest control methods, with aerial sowing of 1080 baits making up around 10 percent of its programme.


A number of district councils and regional councils continue to undertake their own operations or employ contractors in order to manage the environmental, economic, public health and biosecurity impacts of vertebrate pest animals. Their pest management operations, guided by regional pest management strategies, cover the protection of locally important natural ecosystems, primary production and the protection of soil and water values where these values are placed at risk from pest animals. Some regions also combine their financial resources with those of farmers, TBfree and the Department of Conservation to control possums and other vectors of bovine tuberculosis, or to manage the impacts of vertebrate pests on forests and wildlife. Orillion remains the principle supplier of pesticide products for these operations; particularly broad scale treatment.


The production of high quality sawlogs for export and domestic markets is the primary goal of the forest industry in New Zealand. The protection of plantations from browse damage caused by possums, deer, goats, rabbits and hares is essential; particularly in the formative years of tree growth. Orillion staff have backgrounds in production and environmental forestry and enjoy a close relationship with the forest industry providing products, training and advice.


Orillion supplies a range of products to pest control professionals, including Controlled Substances for which a Controlled Substance Licence is required. This includes products with DRC1339, cyanide, 1080 and phosphorus products in various forms.  An increasing amount of pest control delivery work is being awarded to licenced commercial contractors by organisations which previously carried out much of the work themselves.  The number of pest control operators working in urban, rural and remote areas has grown significantly. OSPRI through its TBfree programme is the largest single agency funding the activity of private pest control operators working under the National Pest Management Strategy.


New Zealand's biosecurity legislation and new pest management strategies place increasing emphasis on the users-pays principle, putting responsibility for pest control expenditure more directly upon those who benefit from it.  As a consequence many householders, land owners, community groups and NGOs now operate their own pest control programs. A large number of farm supplies stores throughout New Zealand are supplied with Pestoff products through Orillion's contract distributor Bell-Booth Limited of Palmerston North (Ph 0800 80 90 91).

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With over 80 export customers in twenty-five countries, Orillion has built an extensive amount of experience in exporting. Much of this involves manufacturing and exporting large volumes of baits for overseas programmes designed to restore native flora and fauna or enhance natural bio-diversity; particularly in island ecosystems. These programmes are often attached to government or conservation agencies funded by high-profile international sponsors. Orillion is proud to support these agencies by supplying high quality products, technical assistance, planning and operational input. Orillion designs and manufacturers purpose-built export products destined for both specialist and retail markets around the world.  Bell-Booth Ltd manages the distribution of Orillion's rodenticides to the commercial and retail sectors in Australia which are sold under the X-Verminator trade name.  The value of Orillion's products for agricultural protection work outside New Zealand has been proven in a number of different locations where bait products have had to be sufficiently palatable to compete with alternative rodent food sources. The cost effectiveness of Orillion's bulk product has been internationally demonstrated and there is continuing growth in the supply of overseas markets with product for crop protection and public health.