It’s an ongoing debate, with everyone having their favourite! Peanut butter seems to be the go-to bait as it’s tasty, relatively cheap and most people have it in their pantry. It’s always a good idea to change your bait type regularly in case your resident rat likes something else. Bait lasts longer in cooler weather so it’s a good time to try meat and other more perishable baits at the moment. Also try cheese, Nutella, commercial lures, bacon, cat food etc. As long as your bait is fresh and there is plenty of it (insects and mice like bait too!), then hopefully you’ll be catching something.
Now that it’s Level 3 in Lockdown, you can order rat traps online from the Go Eco shop and get it delivered straight to your door. Autumn is a peak time for rats that are high in numbers after Summer, and they are looking for food and warm cozy homes (like yours!).
These T-Rex rat traps are easy to set and are humane kill traps. Once baited (with peanut butter or other tasty treat), place them in the tunnel box. The tunnel box only allows rodents in and keeps pets and small children from harm.
Shop rat traps here https://shop.goeco.org.nz/shop/product/402528/T-Rex-rat-trap-and-wooden-tunnel/
This is a hotly debated (no pun intended) subject. Read what experienced trapper John Bissell has to say on the matter.
In keeping with the National Government guidelines, Predator Free Hamilton are recommending the following for checking trap lines once we move to Level 3 on Tuesday;
*Travel to trap site must be local
*Only check traps by yourself or with those in your bubble
*Maintain a 2 metre distance from other people you may meet when servicing traps
*Gloves must be used when handling traps
*If you or anyone else in your bubble is ill, then please do not participate and stay home.
Please note if you are feeling uncomfortable about undertaking this work in Level 3, then don’t. It is your choice. Just let someone on your roster know.
Until Tuesday, we remain in Level 4, so please stay home.