Order rat traps online

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/

Predator Control at home

The good news is that if you have a trap at home, you can still check it, experiment with bait types and catch what you can! Or if you have a trap but it’s sitting unused in the shed, then time to dust it off and get it up and running. If you don’t have a trap, how about building your own tunnel box with that wood lying around in your backyard?

Predator Free NZ has some great resources available online to get to grips with predator control, so check it out.

Jesse Mulligan and other backyard trappers doing their bit

In 2015, Jesse Mulligan presented ecologist (and current PFH trustee) John Innes with an award recognising his outstanding contribution to our understanding of just how bad mammalian predators are for our native birds. Jesse was so intrigued by the subject that he invited John to talk about some of his research the next day on RNZ. Since then Jesse has become a dedicated backyard trapper, and he’s spreading the word. Keeping a rat trap or two set and baited is something most gardeners can easily do to make a real difference for New Zealand’s birds and other wildlife. See more of Jesse’s story here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/garden/114278760/jesse-mulligan-and-other-backyard-trappers-helping-the-predatorfree-campaign