How to choose the right trap

To maximise your chances of success, you need to identify which predators you’re targeting. Then you’ll be able to choose the most appropriate traps for predator control in the backyard or bush. Other factors to consider include the time and effort required to maintain them, the terrain you’re covering, your budget, how many volunteers are involved, if any.


Rats 

We recommend the following three types of traps for backyard and bush trapping. If you’re in the bush, you’ll need more traps and different placements – see how to trap rats in the bush and also download our print-friendly guide (PDF, 262 KB) on how to trap rats at home and in the bush.

1. The Victor Professional rat trap in a tunnel

This is an affordable and effective trap that is great for any backyard. The trap sits in a long wooden box, so it’s safe for children and pets.  You can purchase a Victor Professional rat trap and tunnel from our shop. Learn how to use a Victor Professional rat trap (includes video).

2. The Goodnature A24 self-resetting trap

If you don’t want to handle dead rats or reset a trap too often, this is a great option.  This trap is available from our shop, and you can learn how to use the Goodnature A24 trap here.

A tunnel for a rat trap.
A tunnel for a rat trap. Image credit: Predator Free NZ Trust.

3. The T-Rex rat trap

The T-Rex rat trap is an affordable and easy to use trap that is great for any backyard. The trap sits in a long wooden box, so it’s safe for children and pets. These are also available from our online shop and you can learn how to use the T-Rex here.


Possums 

Flipping Timmy.
Flipping Timmy. Image credit: Envirotools Ltd.

We recommend using either of these traps:

1. Flipping Timmy

The new Flipping Timmy possum trap is based on the Timms trap. It is mounted vertically (removing the need to bend over) which ensures a clean catch area. See our tips on setting up the Flipping Timmy.

The Flipping Timmy is available from our shop.

Use this sweet flour paste recipe as a lure to attract possums to your bait stations or traps.

2. Trapinator

This is a simple and effective way of trapping low-density possum populations and can be purchased from our online shop. See our tips on setting up your Trapinator.

Try this sweet flour paste recipe as a lure to attract possums to your bait stations or traps.


Stoats 

We recommend using one or more of these traps:

  1. DOC 150 or DOC 200 (you can buy one from our online shop and see our tips on how to set up the DOC 150/200)
  2. Goodnature A24 for stoats (you’ll need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and bait options).

Download our print-friendly (A4) quick trapping guide for stoats (PDF, 140 KB).


Image credit: Supplejack Contracting

Ferrets

We recommend the DOC 250 trap — you can buy one from our online shop and see our tips on how to use the DOC 250.

Download our print-friendly (A4) quick trapping guide for ferrets (PDF, 135 KB).