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Old 01-24-2021, 04:08 PM   #1
Testing a Euthanasia Spray for Control of Invasive Frogs

Testing a Euthanasia Spray for Control of Invasive Frogs

Dr. Johnson and Monica McGarrity collaborated with Dr. David Dall and his Australian company, Pestat Pty. Ltd., to conduct field and laboratory trials of a new euthanasia spray for invasive frogs. This product, called HopStop®, contains only ingredients found in common household cleaning supplies but is highly effective for euthanizing frogs. Because frogs have thin, absorbent skin, the spray quickly soaks in, anesthetizes, and then euthanizes the frog -- the frogs are comatose within seconds.

HopStop® was made available on the market in Australia in 2013. Unfortunately, it never received approval for use in the U.S., and it is unlikely it will ever be released in the U.S. for use managing our invasive amphibian pests, the Cane Toad (FL), Cuban Treefrog (FL), and Coqui frog (HI).
SOURCE: https://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/SAJo.../hopstop.shtml

Old 01-24-2021, 06:17 PM   #2
Socratic Monologue
Neat idea, but the manufacturer's website no longer exists.
Old 01-24-2021, 06:27 PM   #3
Actually, I was thinking it was a real bad idea. I am assuming that application would be via wide area spraying, as I can't see someone using it in something like a wasp killing spray to go after individual frogs. So I have to wonder how much collateral damage to native amphibians (and other fauna) there would be with something like that.

Well, that, and I always get a chuckle out of seeing reports of one non-native invasive species trying to eradicate another.
Old 04-19-2021, 11:22 PM   #4
I have seen a suggestion of spraying Dettol antiseptic onto cane toads to kill them (they are a pest here), but it sounds terribly inhumane.... I imagine skin could slough off, although I've never tried it myself.

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