What traps should I use and where do I buy them?

OK, so you want to start trapping, but what is the best equipment to use and where do you buy it from? We’ve pulled together some information to help you decide including:


Know which predators you are targeting and which ones you aren’t

It may seem like a silly statement but it’s important to ensure you are clear on which predators you are targeting so that you can choose the best method for that predator.

If you aren’t too sure what predators you have on your property, it’s worth finding out before you start. confirming which ones are present. The following tools will help you determine which ones are present:

  • Chew cards – these are an innovative, one-of-a-kind product used to detect the presence of a range of small mammals including rats, mice, stoats, cats, possums and hedgehogs. These can be purchased from Connovation and Goodnature have developed a Rodent Detector Kit for determining whether rats and mice are present.
  • Wax monitoring tags – these are used for estimating possum numbers and can be purchased here.

What trap should I use?

There are several types of traps currently available and you need to assess  your own level of trapping experience, as this will influence which trap is best for you. Consider whether you are:

 

 

Inexperienced/volunteer/home trapper

The table below outlines the best type of trap to use depending on the type of predator you are trying to target eg rats, stoats, ferrets and possums. The information is based on the Department of Conservation’s best practice guidelines.

These traps have all passed the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) guidelines which means they kill humanely and are easy to use and maintain.

Target predatorType of trap recommendedApprox cost (excl. GST and shipping)Where to buy
RatsVictor Easy Set Rat trap and tunnel (these need to be purchased separately)Tunnel $6.55

Trap $6.55
The tunnel can be purchased from
Haines Pallets 04 568 6898
or
haines.pallets@xtra.co.nz.

Buy the trap from Pest Control Research
Rats and stoatsGoodnature A24 (self resetting trap)$146.95 Goodnature
DOC 200 (single set box with stainless steel trap) $68.00Haines Pallets 04-568 6898 or haines.pallets@xtra.co.nz
Rats, stoats and ferretsDOC 250 (single set box with stainless steel trap)$130.00Haines Pallets 04-568 6898 or haines.pallets@xtra.co.nz
PossumsTrapinator $45.00Pest Control Research
Goodnature A12 (self resetting trap)$160.86Goodnature
Professional trapper

The table below outlines the best type of trap to use depending on the type of predator you are trying to target eg rats, stoats, ferrets and possums. The information is based on the Department of Conservation’s best practice guidelines.

These traps have all passed the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) guidelines which means they kill humanely and are easy to use and maintain.

Target predatorType of trap recommendedApprox cost (excl. GST and shipping)Where to buy
RatsVictor Easy Set rat trap and tunnel (these need to be purchased separately)Tunnel $$6.55

Trap $6.55
The tunnel can be purchased from

Haines Pallets
04 568 6898
haines.pallets@xtra.co.nz.

Buy a trap from Pest Control Research
Rats and stoatsDOC 200 (single set box with stainless steel trap)$68.00Haines Pallets 04-568 6898 or haines.pallets@xtra.co.nz
DOC 150 (single set box with stainless steel trap)$63.00 Haines Pallets
04 568 6898
haines.pallets@xtra.co.nz
Modified Victor Easy Set rat trap and tunnel$19.90Pest Control Research
PossumsSentinel$26.50 Pest Control Research

There is also an online decision support system (DSS) that aims to help NZ’ers, everyone from novices to experts, select the most appropriate options for controlling pests in a particular locality. It covers five common pests – possum, ferret, feral cat, stoat and rat.


How to use your traps

We’ve developed some quick trapping guides that provide information about the types of traps/lures and how often you should check your traps.

We’re just working on the possum one at the moment.

There are also some great videos produced by the Department of Conservation on how to use these traps:


Where to buy equipment?

Many community groups and charitable organisation’s offer discounted traps and equipment, so it’s worthwhile getting in touch with your local groups. Use our map to locate them.

We have also pulled together a table of pest control suppliers generally throughout NZ here.