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5 tips for trapping possums

Published: 27 February 2018

Possums can devastate a forest and its inhabitants by disrupting vital ecological processes like flowering, fruiting, seed dispersal and germination.

They eat native birds, eggs and chicks, as well as a wide range of invertebrates, and often damage fruit trees.

Possum-trapping tips

  1. Trapping should be carried out four times a year – in late winter, late spring, early summer, and autumn.
  2. Possum traps can be bought from Auckland Council for $40 – call 09 301 0101 to find out more.
  3. Bait traps with an apple dipped in cinnamon.
  4. Don’t use meat as bait – it can attract cats.
  5. Traps can be set either on the ground or on a platform about 2m up a tree.

Email biosecurity@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz for more information about possums and how to trap them.