If you live on a suburban section, you’ll probably only need to target rats.
However, if you live on a lifestyle block or a section that is near a bush reserve or is near the coast, rats, stoats and possums are likely to be present and you’ll need bigger traps.
Identify what predators you have…
- Look for any signs eg rat poo, mouse poo, rat or possum toothmarks on fruit. The Pest Detective is a great website for identifying pest poo if you aren’t too sure!
- Chew cards and/or tracking cards and tunnels are great tools for identifying the presence and location of predators on your property.
Consider where they might be in your backyard and why
Many predators can be found near water and food sources such as fruit/nut trees, roses, compost bins, chicken houses. Rats and mice often enjoy the warmth of your house during the colder months.
- Predators will often use regular pathways in the grass, along fence lines, down the side of the house, near compost bins and waterways.
What can you do?
When you know what predators you want to remove from your property then set a trap. Read our trapping best practice section on the best traps to use and where to buy them from.
There are few other things you can do including:
- Remove water and food sources or make them less accessible to rats
- If you are providing water for birds, use a bird bath rather than a dish on the ground
- Vermin-proof your hen-house, pick up fallen fruit and pick fruit off your trees as soon as it ripens
- Never put meat scraps in your compost. If other food scraps are encouraging rats and mice, consider composting food using a bokashi bin and keeping your compost heap for garden weeds and prunings
- Prune trees back from your house roof if that’s how rats (or possums) are getting in.