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Trapping

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Trapping

Updated 27 August 2019 12:01pm

Using traps is an effective and manageable method for control of pest animals to protect our environment.

You can trap on your own property or get involved in a local predator free group.

Find out about traps we recommend and use to control:

Find out how to get started as a backyard trapper from Predator Free Wellington. Department of Conservation also has advice on trapping in your backyard.

Contact us if you need further advice on traps and what method best suits your situation.

Safety first

  1. Don't touch traps unless authorised to do so.
  2. Keep children and dogs away from traps when they are set.
  3. Maintain traps so they work efficiently
  4. Keep traps on your property and not on public land

 Trapping stoats, weasels and ferrets (mustelids), and hedgehogs and rats

Tunnel traps

Traps are more effective when they are inside a tunnel. The pest animal enters the tunnel through a small entrance at one end and crosses a trigger plate to reach the bait. Their weight on the trigger plate releases the spring-loaded trap which kills them. The traps need to be cleared and reset each time they capture a pest. The tunnel keeps the trap away from children and pets. 

These are five of the tunnel traps available. 

Modified Victor Pro trap with tunnel

Trap inside a wooden tunnel. Similar to a DOC200.

Ok to use in areas with kids or pets

Medium skill level needed

Low cost

 

 

BT200

Trap inside a wooden tunnel. Similar to the DOC200.

Ok to use in areas with kids or pets

Medium skill level needed

Low cost

 

DOC200

Trap inside a wooden tunnel. Most frequently used. Find out more

Ok to use in areas with kids or pets

Medium skill level needed

Medium cost

 

 

DOC250

Has a larger trap that will also capture ferrets. Needs a tool to set. Find out more

Ok to use in areas with kids or pets

Advanced skill level needed

High cost

 

 

Monster trap

Has a trap similar to the DOC200 inside a plastic case. 

Ok to use in areas with kids or pets

Easy to use

Low cost

 

 

Buy these tunnel traps from pest control supply stores, online from Predator Free New Zealand, or contact us.

Tips for using tunnel traps:

Auto-resetting traps

Goodnature A24 Rat & Stoat Trap

Kills 24 rats, stoats, weasels or mice - automatically resetting after each kill. It works by firing a piston when the pest brushes against an internal trigger while trying to reach the long-life, non-toxic lure. The piston strikes the pest's head, killing it instantly. Find out more.

Ok to use in areas with kids and pets

Very easy

High cost

Buy these from Goodnature or Predator Free New Zealand. More about stoats, ferrets and weasels (mustelids), hedgehogs and rats.

 Trapping possums

Timms traps

This trap has a plastic shell with steel kill mechanism inside and is usually placed on the ground and secured with steel pegs, but can be fixed to a tree. The possum puts its head through the opening on the front of the trap, bites on the bait, causing a spring-loaded metal bar to spring up, constricting the possum’s neck.

Not suitable for use around children and pets unless under strict supervision

Medium skill level needed

Low cost

 


Possum Masters 

These have a plastic shell with a noose mechanism housed inside the casing and is fixed to a tree. When the possum takes the bait a noose contracts around its neck. 

Ok to use in areas with kids or pets

Medium skill level needed

Low cost

 

 


The Warrior 

This trap has steel sprung steel trap inside a case that can be fixed to a tree or fence. When the possum takes the bait the steel jaws of the trap clamps shut on its neck.

Ok to use in areas with kids or pets

Advanced/for rural trapping

Low cost

 

 


Buy these traps from pest control companies, online from Predator Free New Zealand or contact us.

Tips for using these possum traps:

  • Bait these traps with fresh fruit, peanut butter or extruded cereal bait.
  • Change the bait every 2 to 3 days and reset the trap each time it captures a possum.
  • If the trap is attached to a tree, add a flour lure from the ground to the trap. Mix in some icing sugar, jelly crystals, or aniseed, vanilla or almond essence to make this extra attractive

Auto-resetting traps

Goodnature A12 Possum Trap

Kills 12 possums - automatically resetting after each kill. It works by firing a piston when the possum bites down and pulls on the "bite block" attached to a long-life, non-toxic lure. The piston strikes the possum's head, killing it instantly. Find out more.

Ok to use in areas with kids or pets

Very easy

High cost

 

 


More information

DOC trapping videos - a video series on installing and servicing rat traps used in conservation     

Other pest control methods

Predator Free 2050

Trap testing by Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research

National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC)

Animal Welfare Act 1999