Alpha-Chloralose for Bird Control

One of the safest and most humane poisons available for controlling problem populations of birds is alpha-chloralose. This substance produces a hypnotic effect by anaesthetising the brain of affected animals. In this condition, the body temperature control mechanism does not operate properly and affected animals may die from a low body temperature.

Alpha-chloralose is controlled under the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act 1995 and may only be used by persons who hold a specific permit. Application for a permit may be made by contacting Biosecurity Tasmania on 03 6165 3777 (Statewide), or by submitting a completed application form and the prescribed fee.

Alpha-chloralose is available from Rentokil for the control of pigeons and sparrows by permitted users. Other species of birds may also be controlled using alpha-chloralose. However, these operations must be assessed and supervised by an Invasive Species Management Officer of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.

Further Information


Registrar of Chemical Products

Stuart Bowman
165 Westbury Road,
Fax: 03 6343 2833

Invasive Species Branch