Target predators: possums
The video below gives a step-by-step tutorial on setting up your Trapinator possum trap. You can also read this guide to find out more.
Top safety tips
- Make sure you always wear gloves when handling your trap or catches.
- Do not apply bait while the trap is set.
- If mounting the trap on a round surface (like a tree or post) is too difficult, try mounting it onto a white, solid board then attaching this to a tree. The colour white may also attract possums.
- Be very careful not to put your hand up into the trap once it is set.
What should I use as bait?
Apply a suitable bait paste onto the bait bar, like peanut butter or jam.
Possums can be difficult to trap, so we recommend enticing them to your trapping area by sprinkling possum treats at the base of the tree, such as cinnamon, apple, or even some lure paste (peanut butter or jam). To avoid attracted cats and other unwanted species you should never use meat as a lure.
Where should I put my traps?
Install your trap about one meter high, on a tree or post. The trunk of the tree should be about a dinner plate in diameter — a good size for a possum to climb up it.
How often should I check my trap?
This will really depend on the area you are in. It’s best to check every couple of days at first to get a feeling for how successful the trap is.
How do I dispose of the bodies?
To release the possum, push the red lever towards the setting position, then if you can, bury the animal, or dispose of it in household rubbish. Always wear gloves when handling your catches.
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