• July 24, 2016 at 11:20 pm #1603
    FrankFrank
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    This may be a useful time of the year to check bait in traps and bait stations. A cold damp environment soon turns bait mouldy. Believe it or not, rats and possums don’t seem to like bait when it has gone mouldy.

    If you change mouldy bait blocks with fresh blocks they will take it. When I started rat trapping, I used peanut butter – but that quickly goes mouldy in damp conditions – I then changed to Goodnature possum paste and now use it exclusively on all traps – possum and rat – it will go mouldy in time, but lasts well and rats love it.

    When the bait take is very slow and it is going mouldy, I have changed to solid state bait from Connovation – baked clay, cylindrical, with a hole through the centre and are approximately 20mm long by 10mm diameter – yummy flavours include aniseed, cinnamon and chocolate – or soak them in “Lure-It” from Connovation – just have to attach them to the bite blocks using kitchen ties or similar.

    I am seeing signs of birds pairing up for mating – so we need to take out as many predators as possible before the birds start nesting.

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  • July 25, 2016 at 7:37 am #1632
    MikeMike
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    Good points Frank.

    If you’re using phil-proof stations, try placing the bait in ziplock bags inside the station. Clip the sealed end of the bag under the floor/base of the station (to ensure the bag is retained in the station). Possums, rats and mice will easily eat through the bag to gain access to the fresh bait.

    You could consider using biodegradable bags for this purpose but collecting the empty bags and any uneaten poison from the environment makes good sense.

    Happy hunting

    "DON'T KICK IT - PASS IT...FEED THE BACKS"

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  • September 9, 2016 at 3:56 am #1858
    Philippa Howcroft
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    Hi does anyone have an opinion on the most attractive bait for rats, I currently use
    pest off blocks in the pest off tunnels, as its easy to get from farmlands, but the area I’m baiting is an orchard so theres lots of food for the rats to choose from, any suggestions as to the most attractive bait and where to get it?

    thanks

  • September 9, 2016 at 10:21 am #1859
    TrapITTrapIT
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    I use Contrac if there is a risk of secondary poisoning in pets. Away from pets I have used Final. Pretty strong single feed brodifacoum bait which has a chocolate additive I think. Rats smash the baits in the first week then it tapers off as the population shrinks. I am getting a few in doc traps in the orchards and around the lake currently with baits disappearing from stations. Wouldn’t be much food in an orchard this time of year would there?….unless its a nut orchard I guess.

  • September 9, 2016 at 8:07 pm #1861
    Philippa Howcroft
    Participant

    thanks for that , yes a bit of food at the moment avocados and macadamias, Ill try some final to give them a bit of variety.

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